ECS 300 Introduction to Elementary Special Education (3 Credits)
This course is a lecture based course in which students will be expected to engage in readings, class discussions and participate in activities both in class and on Blackboard. The course will cover the history, philosophy, legislation, and practices of early and practices of early childhood special education. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the field's history, current trends, and future directions. Students will also have opportunities to form their own philosophies of early intervention. The course will encompass (1) the examination of federal legislation and policies related to early childhood education, (2) models of service delivery in early childhood special education, (3) social issues and societal events; including bias (e.g., cultural, linguistic) in curricula that affect early childhood special education programming (4) handicapping conditions and conditions that put children at-risk, (5) the role of the family and community supports, (6) inclusion, (7) transition issues, and (8) outcome and efficacy of early childhood special education, including adaptation of curricula for children and families with diverse socioeconomic, language, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, (10 hours) will be required for this class.