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Course Description

An introductory course in special education, which includes a survey of special needs such as learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, developmental delays, physical limitations, cognitive differences, and giftedness. Students will study the history of special education and legislation in the USA, ethical assessment and family-based intervention techniques, diversity and family issues, advocacy for special needs children, and the use of technology in special education environments. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. Completion of CD 2.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the evolution and the status of current law and practices in the field of special education.
  • Examine the characteristics and typical interventions for the categories of children with special needs.
  • Evaluate the use of technology in interventions with children with special needs.
  • Research and develop sample intervention plans for children and families with special needs.
  • Practice rigorous and ethical assessment methods, planning, and monitoring for children with special needs.
  • Investigate local and national special needs organizations and detail how their services can support children and their families.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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