Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EDUC 201 - Introduction to Special Education

Covers psychological, sociological, and medical characteristics of the exceptional learner: mental retardation, learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, communication disorders, hearing impairments, visual impairment, physical disabilities, and giftedness. Topics also include classroom practices, current issues and trends, history and legal aspects, multicultural and bilingual implications. PREREQUISITE(S): EDUC 101 /EDUC 102 , EDUC 135 , or PSYC 215 . Three hours each week.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Identify legislation and laws in special education including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Explain the importance of inclusion in today’s classrooms and identify the key characteristics of inclusive education.
  • Practice collaborative skills, communication skills, and teaching strategies to accommodate students with various needs.
  • Describe the key components of an Individualized Education Program and the rational (IDEA principles) under each component.
  • List and explain characteristics of the 12 categories under IDEA.
  • Discuss appropriate accommodations for students under all 12 disability categories based on specific student characteristics.
  • Outline the importance of culture and language as it relates to disabilities.
  • Identify the key components of universal design as it relates to students with disabilities and inclusive education.
  • Conduct in-depth research on a disability topic and present it to colleagues and the College community.
  • Demonstrate understanding of appropriate accommodations for students with various disabilities.

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