From an inclusive perspective, this course** examines education of the exceptional child. Through classroom instruction, discussions, activities, readings, and class projects, the graduate student will learn about prominent disabilities, the history of special education, the service delivery continuum, State and Federal special education regulations, Response to Intervention, differentiated instruction, and effective classroom modifications and accommodations for meeting the needs of diverse learners. Students will focus on the roles of the school community and parents in educating the exceptional learner. Much of the coursework will be devoted to the development of a comprehensive unit to address the needs of exceptional learners alongside general education peers.This course has been approved for Maine 282 endorsement and for “teaching the exceptional child in the regular classroom” requirement
Required text: Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today’s Schools, 8th OR 9th edition by Ann A. Turnbull (Author), H. Rutherford Turnbull (Author), Michael L. Wehmeyer (Author), Karrie A. Shogren (Author) This text is mainly used as a resource for the course- either edition is appropriate.
**Approved by MDOE for Maine 282 “Teacher of Disabled Students” and for Teaching the exceptional child in regular classroom requirement.