This course provides an understanding of the exceptional learner and of the changing field of special education. Topics include special education categories and terminology reflecting current issues and laws; alternative program designs for meeting exceptional needs (mainstreaming, inclusion and integration); the IEP (individual education plan); assessments; parents' rights; the role of parents, classroom teacher, and special education personnel; the origin and nature of exceptionalities and instructional strategies; and differences in standards. This course includes a field experience component. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major or consent of the instructor.
EDUC370 is a 3 credit course.