EDUC-312   Teaching Exceptional Students

This course provides in-depth study of the characteristics of students who are la-beled in school as having a disability and who may require a variety of learning supports. It includes study of laws and court decisions, the history of special edu-cation, alternative educational arrangements, individualized planning, current is-sues, and new pedagogical directions in serving exceptional learners in public and private schools. Throughout, a Christian view of persons will be developed that counteracts deficit thinking, recognizes the value and gifts of those who may have been given labels, sees human difference as asset, and fosters interdependence. Twelve hours will be spent outside of class during the K-12 school day in observa-tion and critique of school programs that support learners with disabilities.