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Survey Of Special Populations

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This course provides an overview of the categories of exceptionality for school-age students with special needs. The course focuses on differentiated methods and techniques used for the identification, assessment, and instruction of diverse populations. Historical perspectives and information related to special education law, and current policies and practices are examined.

This graduate-level course is 4 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 2
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4

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    Philosophy and Purpose – The Diverse Classroom

    • Assess inequities in classrooms and schools.
    • Compare and contrast personal and societal attitudes toward diversity.
    • Define educational equity.

    Terms and Definitions

    • Analyze definitions of diverse learners.
    • Examine terminology, acronyms, and language used in the field of diverse learning.

    Legal Structures and Public Policy

    • Analyze the federal, state, and local legal structures governing programs for students with special needs.
    • Examine public policy and its impact on educational issues regarding students with special needs.
    • Evaluate the impact of public policy on classroom practices.
    • Discuss major laws and principles that address student and parent rights pertaining to student placements.

    Categories of Special Needs

    • Identify the characteristics, prevalence, causes, and identification processes associated with various special needs.

    Assessment and Placement

    • Examine tests used to determine students' abilities and functioning levels.
    • Examine assessment practices and related issues in administering, scoring, and interpreting test results.
    • Describe the referral, evaluation, and staffing processes.
    • Identify support services, personnel, community resources, and agencies available to provide educational resources.
    • Evaluate the types of tests that can be administered by school personnel.

    Accommodation of Instruction and Classroom Management

    • Analyze instructional strategies used in adapting learning activities to individual students' needs.
    • Analyze strategies for adapting classroom management to individual students' needs.

    Issues and Trends

    • Analyze current trends and issues in education and their implications for diverse learners and for classroom teachers.
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