Course: SPED 400. Developmental Differences and Implications in Special Education (3)
This course is designed to help teacher candidates in the area of special education gain knowledge and understanding of typical and atypical development and the implications for educating students with disabilities. Candidates will gain knowledge related to the sources of developmental diversity, including both biological and environmental factors and how these factors can impact a child’s development in the areas of social, cognitive, physical, emotional and language skills. This information will be discussed within the larger context of the different theories of child development to help candidates view these factors from multiple perspectives. Throughout this discussion, the emphasis will be placed on the practical implications for special education and the role of the special educator and other members of the educational planning team in promoting a positive, supportive and healthy learning environment. This course also will provide special education candidates with knowledge of the legal requirements of special education as specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other legislative mandates. This course may be taken prior to admission to the Credential Program. Available for graduate credit.