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 Course Title:   Exceptional Child

 Title Abbreviation:   EXCEPTIONAL CHILD

 Department:    EDUC&

 Course #:    203

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    131501

 EPC:    839

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Introduction to the categories of special needs and the rules and regulations concerning special education and related services. Overview of the issues and techniques, current trends, and classroom approaches for maximizing the development of children with special needs.


Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment required in CSS 103.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate, Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
EUW 407
WSU 301
WWU SPED 360 Course has been reviewed for equivalency status through the Pathways grant project.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the major exceptionalities in the areas of cognitive, social, physical and emotional development.
  2. Discuss the role of the teacher/paraprofessional in identifying, individualizing and implementing educational programs for the child with special needs, both disabled and gifted.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of legal issues pertaining to services for children, families and education professionals.
  4. Articulate a philosophy and understand the implications of early intervention, mainstreaming, full inclusion, self-contained learning environments and a continuum of services for children with exceptionalities.
  5. Explain the importance of the family, culture, community and physical environmental influences on the planning of individualized education programs for children with special needs.
  6. Observe children with special needs in local programs to understand the concept of least restrictive environment and its implications for program development.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.2 Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical, and environmental issues in the use and misuse of technology.

Course Contents

  1. Major areas of exceptionalities.
  2. Causes of exceptionalities.
  3. Educational and instructional implications.
  4. Legal issues.
  5. The role, rights and needs of the family of a child with exceptionalities.
  6. Giftedness/enrichment.
  7. Teaching techniques and collaboration with the family and involved professionals.
  8. Development of self-concept and diversity issues with exceptional learners.
  9. Development of a personal philosophy.
  10. Mainstreaming, full inclusion, early intervention, self-contained programs, and continuum of services.
  11. Assessment/evaluation.