268 Graduate Programs
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
ing in the content areas. Attention will also be given to enhancing
literacy skills of middle school and secondary school students.
LEARNING DISABILITIES (EDLD)
EDLD U753. Teaching Methods of Students with Learning Disabilities
(3) Theory and application of current evidence-based procedures for teaching
children with specific learning disabilities.
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (EDPS)
EDPS U699. Directed Studies in Education (1-3) In-depth investigation
of a special topic in education. Fully admitted graduate students will have
opportunity to work individually with a faculty member to pursue a topic
of interest. Prerequisite: Admission as a degree seeking graduate student
EDPS U715. Advanced Perspectives on Educating Individuals with
Disabilities (3) Advanced foundation course for understanding perspectives
of special education and disability services, including historical trends and
philosophical perspectives; comparative practice of service delivery; policy
formulation and analysis; and advocacy roles and activities.
EDPS U725. Advanced Study of K-12 Curriculum (3) Advanced study
of foundations for development, historical context, determinants, content,
organization, planning, design and strategies for change of K-12 curricula.
The role of teachers in the creation, evaluation and revision of K-12 curriculum
EDPS U732. Enhancing Learning Environments for Diverse Cultures
(3) An exploration of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for teaching
children from diverse cultures. Though the course will investigate the
history and characteristics diverse cultures, the focus of the course will be
on promoting the academic and personal success of these children through
appropriate learning settings and effective classroom instruction.
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (EDPY)
EDPY U705. Children and Adolescents as Learners (3) Focus on the
relationship between growth and development (cognitive, social, emotional,
and physical) and learning for children and adolescents. Particular attention
will be given to developmentally appropriate teaching practice, learning
differences, and learning difficulties.
RESEARCH AND MEASUREMENT IN EDUCATION (EDRM)
EDRM U700. Introduction to Research in Education (3) Emphasis
on the major methods and techniques of research employed by students
INSTRUCTION AND TEACHER EDUCATION (EDTE)
*pending CHE approval
EDTE U726. Standards-based Assessment for PK-12 (3) An overview
of history, application, and methodology of standards-based assessment
in the public schools. Special attention will be given to using data analysis
to inform and improve instruction.
EDTE U728. Contemporary Issues &Trends in Teaching and learning
(3) An examination of salient issues in teaching and learning; the role
of educational policy in school reform; and globalization and its effects on
EDTE U731. Using Innovative Technology to Support Instruction
(3) Study of open-source software, web tools, advanced office tools.
Instructional application, copyright issues, and technology limitations are
VISUAL IMPAIRMENT (EDVI)
EDVI U610. Nature and Needs of Learners with Visual Impairment
(3) A historical perspective, legal requirements, ethics, accessibility issues,
service delivery systems, prevalence, etiologies, educational interventions,
adaptive aids, and resources as it relates to the education of individuals who
are blind or visually impaired. The cognitive, linguistic, motor, sensory, and
psychosocial development characteristics of children and youth with visual
impairment are explored.
EDVI U650. Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders of the Visual
System (3) Thorough review of the structure and functioning of the eye
and neurological system relating to visualization, congenital and acquired
visual abnormalities and their effects on functioning, ophthalmological
examination procedures, and ocular terminology. Educational relevance of
course content is emphasized by interpretation of medical eye reports, visual
screening, and intervention strategies used to accommodate residual vision.
EDVI U675. Functional Low Vision Assessment and Intervention (3)
Provide assistance to a learner with visual impairment who has residual,
useful vision by means of optic aids and other adaptive devices. Functional
assessment, ophthalmic and optometric consultation, and educational
intervention constitute course content. Prerequisite: EDVI U650.
EDVI U705. Literary Braille Code (3) A historical perspective, review of
devices used to transcribe braille, comprehensive overview of uncontracted
and contracted braille, and extensive practice in the production of literary
braille by the use of the Perkins Brailler and a computerized Perkins Braille
emulator. Instruction begins with uncontracted braille and common contractions
in a logical sequence until all contractions are covered and the student
is proficient in reading and transcribing braille.
EDVI U706. Advanced Braille (3) Transcription of mathematics, science
notation, music, and foreign language into braille on a Perkins Brailler and a
computerized Perkins Brailler emulator. This course also includes instruction
in using an abacus, creating tactile graphics, developing perceptual skills,