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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 390
Course Title: Education and Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: The study of teaching children with exceptionalities. Students study the effects of exceptionality on children's cognitive, affective and psychomotor behaviors. Offered Spring.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education
By Heward, W.L. (Pearson)
Special Education
By Friend, M. (Pearson)
Course Objectives

MoSTEP Quality Indicators: 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 5.1, 7.2, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4

• To understand historical perspectives of and legislation pertaining to special education programs. • To interpret the meaning and application of “Least Restrictive Environment” and relative services.  • To understand and analyze  Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  • To explain the importance and methods of collaborating and coordinating professional services/personnel.  • To understand the characteristics of students with and families of special needs.  *To understand the role of development in the exceptional child.

Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Sequence significant legislations pertaining to individuals with disabilities.
  • Describe behaviors and academic indicators for the primary categories of “exceptionality.”
  • Articulate the processes of screening, identifying and staffing students who are identified with special learning needs.
  • Design goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
  • Identify available services and means of coordinating these efforts.
  • Modify/adapt instruction while maintaining content integrity.
    Topical Outline:
  • Historical perspectives
  • Current legislation and implications
  • Areas of exceptionality: characteristics and instructional strategies
  • Multicultural and diversity issues
  • Referral, assessment and staffing
  • Coordination of services

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Paul Hanna Date: December 20, 2010
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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