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Introduction To Learners With Special Needs

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This course is designed to provide an overview for working with exceptional learners, ages 3 years to 21 years. Participants explore methods to instruct and assess learners with special needs and create individualized education programs. Historical perspectives, special education law, and current policies and practices are examined.

This graduate-level course is 6 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Response to Intervention, Communication Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders

    • Identify characteristics of autism spectrum disorders.
    • Evaluate a response to intervention plan.
    • Describe common communication disorders.

    Cultural Differences and Communicating with Families

    • Identify cultural differences that affect learning.
    • Determine strategies for addressing cultural differences.
    • Determine strategies for communicating with families of special education students.


    • All objectives apply.

    Introduction to Special Education and Learners with Disabilities, Special Gifts, and Talents

    • Justify the need for special education.
    • Differentiate the needs of exceptional learners and nonexceptional learners.
    • Identify common characteristics of learners with disabilities.
    • Identify common characteristics of learners with special gifts and talents.
    • Differentiate instruction for learners with disabilities and learners with special gifts and talents.

    Individualized Education Programs and 504s

    • Create behavior intervention plans for learners with emotional disabilities.
    • Compare individualized education programs and 504s.
    • Create individualized education programs for learners with disabilities.

    Special Education Law and Low Incidence Disabilities

    • Analyze recent litigation that involves special education.
    • Identify the characteristics of learners with low incidence disabilities.
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