Jan 28, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EDUC 205 - Introduction to Special Education

(3 credits)
The course will introduce students to the diversity of children and adolescents in regard to cognitive, behavioral and emotional differences. This introductory course relates strongly to careers in education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc. The legal basis for special education and accommodations will be studied, along with the history of the special education movement. The 13 categories of exceptionality covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be closely examined, along with the diagnosis of Developmental Delay. Understanding and programming for the needs of students with disabilities will be addressed through explicit instruction, group activities, and authentic assessments. Students will explore the variety of career opportunities in education and related careers helping students with special needs. Included as part of this course are four hours of field experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Students will be required to complete a background check including state and federal clearances in order to complete the field work. This course fulfills all of the PDE Special Education candidate competencies for Professional and Ethical Practices. Students will complete four hours of field experience in an area school or educational setting.