- Name: The Exceptional Child
- Division: Professional & Applied Technology
- Discipline: Early Childhood Education
- Units (Credits): 3.00
I. Catalog Course Description
Surveys the characteristics and specific needs of special children. Emphasizes teaching and behavioral management as well as available support services.
II: Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Know the characteristics, by definition, of exceptional children and be able to explain the educational and emotional needs of each different group.
- Understand terms like Down Syndrome, learning disabilities, emotional retardation, mental retardation, gifted.
- Demonstrate how to include children with disabilities into the “typical” classroom.
- Define individual screening, assessment, and individual Educational Plans for children with special needs.
- To adapt the environment for special children.
- Provide a plan for parents to participate in the total education of their child.
- Describe how people think and feel about disabilities.
- Know the existing federal, state, and local agencies and services available to parents and teachers of special children.
- Distinguish between developmental sequences and developmental milestones of motor, cognitive, psychosocial and language development.
- Discuss the correlation between poverty and developmental disabilities in young children.
- Describe social and political forces that helped bring about federal legislation on behalf of exceptional children, including the gifted.
- Trace society’s changing attitudes toward children with handicaps.
- Discuss inclusion in terms of early development, critical learning periods, and teachable moments.
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.
Scheduled ECE-200 classes:
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