This course is designed to provide teacher candidates with an understanding of how exceptional learning needs may impact human development and learning. It will address the historical development and legal framework for special education service delivery within public education. Teacher candidates will become familiar with the provisions of the federal law known as IDEA, as well as Part 200 of the Regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education. Candidates will discuss the 13 classifications of disability covered by IDEA. The manner in which disability impacts the family system, issues related to cultural diversity and the needs of English Language Learners will also be a focus of study. Candidates will analyze case material to identify violations of the special education law and to develop a framework for understanding the assessment process as it relates to instructional planning, They will also conduct a multi-faceted study of an area of disability. Students will complete 18 hours of field experience in a preschool setting that serves children with disabilities. Fulfills diversity requirement. Fall, Spring
18 hours required for field experience outside class For Dual Childhood-Special Ed Majors and IEC majors Finger printing needed.