Introduction to Special Education
Restriction: Sophomore standing or lower; and permission of EDUC-Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education department. Credit only granted for: EDSP210 or EDSP470. An introduction to the field of special education. Students examine historical foundations, including legislation; review components necessary for effective service delivery; and develop an understanding of the role of collaboration and consultation with parents, school personnel and other professionals. In addition, students are introduced to the nature and characteristics of various disabilities and review current issues in the field including overrepresentation of minority students in special education, inclusion, and federal and state assessment mandates. Current topics are addressed including evidence-based practices, universal design for learning, and individualization and differentiation of instruction..