Introduction to Special Education is a required course for all elementary and physical education majors working toward teacher certification. This course surveys the major areas of exceptionalities as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 34CFR Part 300 (Federal) and Part 200 (State) laws and regulations, legal definitions, and historic litigation are discussed. Identifying characteristics, etiologies, and the prevalence of each exceptionality within IDEIA are explored along with the types of educational instruction, supports, adaptations and classroom management skills needed for students to achieve success. Pre-referral alternatives, referral systems, multi-disciplinary team composition and responsibilities, the Individual Education Plan and Individual Family Service Plan processes, placement procedures, various service delivery systems and family issues will also be examined. Cultural diversity and language issues are explored through a peer collaboration and co-teaching exercise and research paper during the course of the semester.
- Prerequisites: EDUC 201 and EDUC 210
- Field component: 15 hours observation
- Credits: 3
- Offered: Fall, Spring