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HMNS 240 - Introduction to Special Education

(3,0) 3 Credits

Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENGL 111 - English Composition I .
This course examines the causes, the teacher’s role in the identification process, curricular approaches and appropriate legislation with regard to special education issues for children and young adults with disabilities. Various types of disabilities, including mental retardation, learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, communication disorders, hearing and visual impairments, physical disabilities and giftedness are introduced. The changing field of special education is examined with particular emphasis on the early childhood and elementary education years. The impact of these changes toward greater diversity and inclusion on children, families, educators, and the community are also considered. The course addresses the various transitions and support needs of families and students with disabilities as they move from early intervention, to preschool, elementary, secondary and transition to post-secondary education and adult life. Special emphasis is placed on person centered planning, strategies that promote inclusion and linkages with adult service providers. Offered in the spring semester.

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