EDUC160 Introduction to Exceptionalities

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC160 Introduction to Exceptionalities
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information

Five hours of observation required.
Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances required.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides an overview of the different categories of exceptional learners. Issues in the education of individuals with cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and physical handicaps are emphasized, including inclusion and other placement options. The course includes five hours of observation.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. describe current legal standards, which mandate appropriate education for exceptional children;
    2. develop effective techniques and grouping practices utilized in teaching exceptional children in diverse placements; and
    3. describe the different classifications of exceptional children and the learning characteristics of each group of children.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. An introduction to the field of special education
      1. Definition of exceptional
      2. Labeling
    2. Working with parents and families
    3. Cognitive impairment
      1. Assessment and observation techniques
      2. Teaching techniques
    4. Learning disabilities
      1. Assessment and observation techniques
      2. Teaching techniques
    5. Emotional disturbance
      1. Assessment and observation techniques
      2. Teaching techniques
    6. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
      1. Assessment and observation techniques
      2. Teaching techniques
    7. Gifted and talented
      1. Assessment and observation techniques
      2. Teaching techniques
    8. Visual and hearing impairments
      1. Assessment and observation techniques
      2. Teaching techniques
    9. Low incidence handicaps
      1. Teaching techniques
    10. Inclusion
      1. Pros and cons of inclusion
      2. Classroom adaptations for successful inclusion
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on participation in classroom discussions, observation summaries, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -4/99; Revised 7/2010; New Core 8/2015