SPED-712 : Foundations Special Ed

Academic Level:
Special Education
Special Education

An introduction to the field of special education. Included among the topics addressed are the history of special education and its legal and legislative foundation. A focus on the nature and causes of disabilities will give students an overview of the needs of exceptional children. The entire range of disabilities requiring special education intervention will be addressed. This includes children with hearing losses, visual problems, speech disorders, attention deficit, traumatic brain injury, autism, emotional-social disorders, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and giftedness. Current trends will focus on minority representation, inclusion, and standards. Lastly, definitions, prevalence, causes, assessment, characteristics, and educational considerations for several exceptionalities will be reviewed. This course is designed to nurture in students a critical stance towards research, theory, and practice. The goal is that students become educated consumers of the special education knowledge base. For this purpose, the prevailing as well as alternative perspectives on topics will be reviewed. In addition, cultural diversity and social justice will be emphasized throughout the course. 3 credits