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SPED 405 Assessment Practicum in Urban Special Education

This methods course is a practicum that is designed to integrate an urban field experience focusing on the basic psychometric foundations of standardized and classroom-based assessment to inform data-based decisionmaking about exceptionality, eligibility, and educational programming for urban students with disabilities. The practicum is a co-requisite with SPED 400 where candidates can expect to be placed in an urban education/special education setting to complete various applied learning activities.

Special information

Prerequisites - Admission to the School of Urban Education and the successful completion of EDU 200, EDU 203, SPED 300, SPED 350, SPED 360, and SPED 410; and is a co-requisite with SPED 403. Note: This course is offered concurrently with SPED 650.
2 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2021 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Experience and Implement required pre-referral and referral procedures and processes.
  • Select and use assessment measures and procedures that are technically adequate and appropriate for the student and specific assessment purpose, including assistive technology supports where appropriate
  • Design, facilitate, and support a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation process using unbiased assessment measures
  • Produce and maintain the reports, plans, and student assessment and performance data that are required by due process procedures and the school system according to the timelines for each
  • Communicate the results of assessments and the evaluation process to students, families, teachers, and other professionals.
  • Assess the impact of race, gender, familial background, socioeconomic status, and cultural and linguistic diversity on assessment results and the special education referral, evaluation, planning, and programming process
  • Apply systematic procedures for compiling and using data for the purposes of continuous progress-monitoring, modification of instruction, and program and school-wide improvement.