Individuals with Diverse Educational Needs

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The art and science of teaching exceptional individuals, ages 5-21, with exceptional needs in both school and society will be explored through reading, and self-awareness activities. An examination of the principles and theories, relevant laws and policies, diverse and historical points of view, and human issues that have historically influenced and continue to influence the field of special education and the education and treatment of individuals with exceptional needs in both school and society. Students will use this knowledge as a ground upon which to construct their own personal understandings and philosophies of special education. A wide variety of pedagogical methods, procedures and practices will be introduced, critiqued and reviewed by the class participants. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA, C- or higher in EDU 110, 115; PSY 101.