EDUC 0221 - Foundations of Special Education

Credits: 3

This course will focus on students who meet the criteria for categories of disabilities that are identified by education law, as well as students with other exceptional learning needs. An exploration of case studies of individuals in the context of schools will facilitate an understanding of laws, history, litigation, individualized education programs, Response to Intervention (RTI), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. Course participants will explore strategies for developing differentiated learning experiences that address learner variability while maintaining high expectations for all students. Race, ethnicity, gender, and economic status are examined as they apply to students with exceptional learning needs. Historical and current approaches to the education and inclusion of students with exceptional learning needs will be considered, including topics of identification, referral, evaluation, placement, and the use of assistive technologies. A field experience may be required.

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