EDU 50410 Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

This course introduces and combines principles of human development, educational psychology, and special education. Teacher candidates will compare the application of methods based on research in cognitive science with those based on principles of behaviorism. Topics include creating positive learning environments and supportive relationships for learning, increasing motivation, problem-solving, assessing student performance, and planning instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Teacher candidates will also explore the history of, legal basis for, and contemporary issues in special education. They will examine characteristics of exceptionalities, the referral process, service delivery models, and Individualized Education Programs.