This survey course presents the historical, legal, and philosophical foundations of special education. The primary focus will be on children with disabilities, but will also include at-risk children. Course work will include the categories of exceptionality as identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), their characteristics, and collaborative strategies to address their needs.

Students will spend a minimum of 40 hours observing and assisting in special education settings. 


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Credit Hours

3 credit hours (2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours)



Technical Requirements

Students must have regular access to the Internet and a computer. Courses are administered through Blackboard, so students will also need a compatible OS and browser. A list of recommended software can be found here.