EDU 54100 Education of the Exceptional Child

This course allows the student to develop an understanding of the unique characteristics, strengths and challenges of children classified as exceptional. An historical and legal overview of the field of special education will be presented as well as current trends, issues and best practices for educating children with exceptionalities in a contemporary setting. Students will understand the competencies necessary to effectively teach, communicate, and live with individuals with exceptionalities in educational and natural environments. The course focuses on the social and emotional implications of the "exceptional" label to individuals, their families, and society as a whole.