EDU 202 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner
3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods
Foundations of special education, encompassing the characteristics of students with exceptionalities, laws governing special education, the role of the teacher working with exceptional learners, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and the Special Education process. Includes current educational practices and theories related to instruction, classroom management, and assessment in special education. Also includes collaboration and communication supporting the success of students with exceptionalities.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss characteristics of students with exceptionalities and identify relevant laws governing special education processes, procedures, and services.
2. Describe the role and function of the teacher working with exceptional learners and select or create teaching methods, learning activities, instructional materials, and lesson plans appropriate for students with specific exceptionalities.
3. Describe Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), discuss the roles of stakeholders in the development and execution of IEPs, and identify measurable IEP annual goals that align with Arizona standards and the school district’s core curriculum.
4. Use a variety of assessment methods to determine student progress and adjust instructional strategies to address student needs.
5. Recognize classroom management strategies and discuss the creation of a positive learning environment for diverse learners.
6. Describe community resources that serve students with exceptionalities and how teachers can collaborate with them.
- The Exceptional Learner
- Children whose exceptionalities necessitate accommodation
- Children with learning and/or behavior problems
- Children with physical disabilities and/or or sensory impairment
- Children who are intellectually gifted and/or have a special talent
- Laws governing special education
- Definition of special education
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
- Role and Function of the Teacher Serving Students with Exceptionalities
- The teacher and student advocacy
- The teacher and collaborative teams
- The teacher and instruction
- Teaching methods and modalities
- Assistive and instructional technology
- Lesson plans
- Instructional materials
- Learning activities
- The teacher and learner accommodation
- Facilitating access to general education curriculum
- Ensuring compliance to applicable laws and adherence to individualized education plans
- Individualization of instruction
- The teacher and communication
- Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
- The Special Education process
- IEP stakeholders
- Development of IEPs
- Measurable annual goals and objectives
- IEP goal alignment with state standards and core curriculum
- Executing IEPs
- Annual review
- Transition plans
- Methods of assessment to determine student progress
- Monitoring student progress and adjusting instruction to address student needs
- Classroom Management
- Identifying appropriate classroom management strategies and techniques
- Community building and inclusive learning environment development
- Communication skills and techniques
- Approaches to motivation and behavior
- Collaboration Supporting Success of Exceptional Students
- Collaboration with community resources
- Collaboration with colleagues
- Collaboration with parents and guardians
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