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Education of the Exceptional Child

Course NumberED 201W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionEmphasizes the characteristics of exceptional children, including an overview of their educational needs and the approaches of various programs. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Understand the history of the diagnosis/treatment of children with exceptional needs.
  1. Examine the progression of laws which address the education of exceptional children
  2. Analyze the diagnostic terminology previously used in describing exceptional children.
  3. Identify interventions used in the past with exceptional children.

Understand the current definitions and characteristics of children with exceptional needs.
  1. Examine and evaluate the diagnostic classifications of exceptional children, e.g., mental retardation, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities, communication disorders, deafness, blindness, physical/health impairments, multiple disabilities, and gifted and talented.

Understand the current intervention approaches used with exceptional children.
  1. Evaluate the advantages/disadvantages of segregated and inclusive models of intervention.
  2. Examine the effectiveness of prevention/early intervention.
  3. Examine special education in a culturally and linguistically diverse society.
  4. Examine the family's role in special education services.
  5. Examine the importance of planning for the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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