Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: EDU 105 (may be taken concurrently). Philosophical, historical, theoretical and legalfoundations of special education are reviewed with an emphasis on current issues and trends that have an impact on the education of students with disabilities. Underlying all aspects of this course are the principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other federal and state policies. The unique skills, competencies, and strategies required to provide a free appropriate publiceducation in the least restrictive environment are explored. Inclusion, as a social/political/education phenomenon, is kept in focus at all times during the course and is intertwined with discussion of the partnerships between and among all parties who play significant roles in the education of students with disabilities. Finally, a strong emphasis is placed on what it means to be a special educator and what is involved in achieving and maintaining that role. (Offered every semester.)(2)
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