2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 26, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

ECE 222 - Introduction to the Exceptional Learner

Description: Exploration of the variety of exceptional learners with developmental, motor, cognitive, language, social, and/or emotional challenges. Topics include characteristics of various exceptional learners, child find screenings, developmental and psychoeducational assessment, educational programming and interventions, and coordination with parents, professionals, and agencies to design appropriate programs and services to promote growth and development. This course is cross-listed with EDU 222 .

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Developmental and learning challenges of various exceptional learners
  2. Evidence-based causes, classification, and characteristics of a wide variety of exceptional learners
  3. Culturally responsive learning environments
  4. Development of programs and specific interventions for exceptional learners
  5. Legislation, regulations, and landmark litigation related to  the field of special education
  6. The Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) and the integration of parents, school, and community resources

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the interaction of the development and learning styles of various exceptionalities with respect to challenges functioning in an educational setting. (1,2)
  2. Defend the rationale for culturally responsive and appropriately inclusive in order to promote developmental gains and enhance functioning with exceptional learners. (3)
  3. Develop individualized learning (differentiated instruction) plans for exceptional learners. (4)
  4. Identify evidence-based instructional strategies to promote developmental gains and improve functioning with various exceptionalities. (2,3)
  5. Describe the history of special education and  legislation (IDEA, Section 504, and ADA) with respect to current special education standards and practices. (5)
  6. Explain the characteristics of the major categories of disabilities identified in IDEA, along with special considerations (sociocultural, medical, etc.). (5)
  7. Summarize the importance of collaborating with parents, professionals, and agency representatives to more effectively address the specific needs of various exceptional learners. (6)

Required Assessment:
  1. Five hours of observation in a special education practicum.