EDUC-312 Teaching Exceptional Students
This course provides in-depth study of the characteristics of students who are labeled in school as having a disability and who may require a variety of learning supports. It includes study of laws and court decisions, the history of special education, alternative educational arrangements, individualized planning, current issues, and new pedagogical directions in serving exceptional learners in public and private schools. Throughout, a Christian view of persons will be developed that counteracts deficit thinking, recognizes the value and gifts of those who may have been given labels, sees human difference as asset, and fosters interdependence. Twelve hours will be spent outside of class during the K-12 school day in observation and critique of school programs that support learners with disabilities.