- Name: Introduction to Special Education
- Division: Career & Technical Education
- Discipline: Education
- Units (Credits): 3.00
I. Catalog Course Description
Surveys the various types of exceptionalities. Emphasizes etiology, physical and educational characteristics.
II: Course Objectives
This course serves as an introduction to special education and public school students with special needs. Students examine the social forces involved in the inclusion of such students in the regular classroom, thus impacting the classroom teacher, the other students, the family, and the community. This course is also intended to help students understand the laws and court cases affecting special education as well as the range of special education services inside and outside the school. This course gives both prospective special education teachers and regular classroom teachers a contextual base from which to serve exceptional students and families more effectively.
III: Course Linkage
This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:
- Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
- Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
- Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
- Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
- Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
- Develop and improve their creative abilities.
- Appreciate the need for continuing education and lifelong learning.
- Will succeed at transfer institutions.