This course is intended to provide students with knowledge of the nature and requirements of children and families with special needs in the areas of health, sensory, physical, developmental, learning and behavior disorders as well as traumatic brain injuries and giftedness. The significance of early identification, assessment and intervention will be emphasized. Students will learn about Federal and State laws and regulations including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the placement of students in special education settings and mainstream classroom inclusion. The emphasis will be on ways to adapt curriculum and the environment to meet the needs of a diverse population of children within the context of an inclusive classroom. Students will have the opportunity to observe children in different settings and participate in the development of developmentally appropriate anti-bias activities for children.
Prerequisites: ECHD 201, ECHD 202, ECHD 203 or Permission of Instructor
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester