SEED 561: Issues in Special Education (3 units)
Provides a basic introduction to the history and educational philosophy of special education and includes a study of mild/moderate disabilities (specific learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, and emotional and behavioral disturbances). Examines legal issues and laws pertaining to special education, giving attention to school compliance and student and parent rights. Prepares teachers to educate students with high-incidence disabilities in the inclusive classroom.
Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Understood the historical foundations of special education
- Become familiar with laws/legislation affecting special education
- Understood the special education process from identification to delivery of services
- Developed an understanding of the basic principles of school, family, and community collaboration related to special education
- Understood the characteristics of gifted students and students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders, communication disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD
Conducted online over 16 weeks in alignment with Biola University’s 2013 Fall semester. Students will interact with the instructor and each other through interactive online discussions and other assignments.
- Sorrells, Audrey M. C., Herbert J. Rieth, and Paul T. Sindelar. Critical Issues in Special Education: Access, Diversity, and Accountability. Boston: Pearson Allyn and Bacon, 2004.
- Articles and websites provided online.
- Weekly reading journal (25%)
- Interactive online discussions (25%)
- 5-7 page focus paper on a specific disability (25%)
- 5-7 page focus paper on intervention strategies for a specific disability (25%)
Relation to Curriculum
Required for the Special Education Certificate or can be embedded as a concentration in the M.A. in Education or M.A. in Teaching Personalized degrees