Special Education

Special Education Course Offerings

Special Education course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of EDSE in the course listings.

303 – Understanding Autism (3)

Prerequisite: EDUC 203 or 204. This 3-credit course will teach students about the characteristics of individuals diagnosed with disabilities that fall under the category of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).  This course will include a discussion of the core behavioral and secondary characteristics of autism as well as the known physiological components associated with these ASDs.  Students will learn about the prevalence as well as the common theories on etiologies. Dual diagnoses, co-morbidity, educational concerns and medical issues will also be discusses.  Additionally, a review of the characteristics across the lifespan, from infancy and toddler-hood through adulthood will be provided.  Family concerns and considerations will be discussed in the context of age, development, and need for support.  Field based experience required.

390 – Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues

Prerequisite: EDUC 203 or 204.  This course presents an overview of the historical basis and regulatory requirements related to special education, including the individual education program (IEP) as a legal document and the rights and responsibilities of parents, teachers, and schools.   The characteristics of learners with disabilities and their educational and medical implications are also examined, as well as the cultural, familial, and ethical issues involved.