Course: SPED 416. Educating Diverse Learners with Disabilities and Working with Their Families (3)
Prerequisites for MM Program: SPED 400, SPED 403MM or SPED 506MMA, SPED 406, and SPED 501MM. Prerequisites for MS Program: SPED 400, SPED 406. Pre/Corequisite for MS Program: SPED 504MS. Prerequisites for DHH Program: SPED 400, SPED 406. Prerequisites for Dual Single Subject/Education Specialist Program: EPC 420, SED 521, SPED 403MM or SPED 506MMA, and SPED 501MM. This course is designed to provide information regarding the education of diverse learners with disabilities. The course provides an overview of the needs of English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities with an emphasis on understanding and accepting differences in culture, ethnicity, language and abilities and disabilities of individuals. Candidates are introduced to state and federal laws related to students with disabilities and diverse needs. Knowledge and practices for becoming culturally competent educators are discussed, taking into account the principles of language acquisition, language proficiency, differences in family backgrounds and systems, and how these affect learning. Finally, the course addresses ways of communicating effectively and respectfully with families. Available for graduate credit.