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ECE443 Children with Special Needs

Lead Faculty: Dr. Lucinda K. Kramer

Course Description

Exploration of variations in child development and identification of specific disabilities in young children. Inclusive early childhood programs, specific strategies for adaptation and accommodation of the core curriculum to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of children who are at-risk or have special needs are examined.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics of young children with developmental delays and disabilities and implications of cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Demonstrate understanding the current philosophy and educational trends in the inclusion of young children with special needs in classrooms and natural settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal rights of families and their children with special needs.
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of adaptation and modification of curriculum to effectively serve children with various disabilities in inclusive settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to integrate Individual Education Plans (IEP) goals into daily activities and routines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the teacher's role as a member of the educational team in an inclusive classroom.
  • Demonstrate undergraduate level application of analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional standards and ethics

Prerequisite