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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC560 Course ID: 2805 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides pre-service and in-service teachers with an examination of the characteristics of exceptional students to include gifted, developmentally disabled, learning disabled, and emotionally/behaviorally disordered. The course includes identification and implications for planning instruction for these exceptional students as well as exploring legislation, philosophy, least restrictive approaches, parent involvement, and due process safeguards. Federal legislation including Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, IDEA, ADA, and Section 504 are discussed. Finally, major contemporary issues related to field of special education to include legal, curricular, and instructional procedures appropriate for students at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels are examined.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 05/23/21 Winter 2021 Session K 16 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 08/22/21 Spring 2021 Session K 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the relationship of special education to the broader social, political and educational context. (WVPTS: 1D1, 1D2, 2A1, 2A2, 2A3, 5D1, 5D2); (ISTE: 4B)
  2. Trace the historical origins and legal requirements of special education. (WVPTS: 5I); (ISTE: 4A)
  3. Identify significant issues associated with current topics in special education (e.g. least restrictive environment, identification and placement, instruction, early intervention, family involvement, assessment, and responsiveness to intervention. (WVPTS: 1D1, 1D2, 2A1, 2A2, 2A3, 3E2, 3F1, 3F3, 5D1, 5D2, 5F1, 5I1); (ISTE: 2C, 3C)
  4. Recognize and describe a child’s strengths and needs and how they affect his or her performance in school and the community. (WVPTS: 1D1, 1D2, 2A1, 2A2, 2A3, 3F1, 3F3, 5D1, 5D2); (ISTE: 4B)
  5. Describe the characteristics and educational implications of diagnosed disabilities and other conditions that warrant adaptation to general education curriculum to meet unique learning needs. (WVPTS: 1D1, 1D2, 2A1, 2A2, 2A3, 3A2, 3F1, 3F3); (ISTE: 2C, 4B)
  6. Discuss the role of the teacher and challenges faced in the application of the concept of “least restrictive placement/environment.” (WVPTS: 1D1, 2A1, 2A3, 3A2, 3F1, 3F3, 5I1); (ISTE: 4B)
  7. Discuss instructional considerations, examine features of universal design for learning, and analyze research regarding the use and effectiveness of technology for diverse populations. (WVPTS: 1A3, 3A2, 3A3); (ISTE: 4B, 5C)

Recommended Textbook for the degree program:

In addition to the required texts in this course, you are strongly encouraged to purchase the latest addition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th Ed.) if you have not previously purchased this resource.

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note Web site addresses are subject to change.

Alphabet Soup: Disability Related Acronyms

American Speech and Language Hearing Association

APA Format

Autism Society of America (ASA)


CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder)

Closing the Gap

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Disability Social History Project

Functional Behavior Assessment Mini Web


Information about Mobility Impairments

LD Online

National Association for the Deaf


National Eye Institute

Office of special education and rehabilitative services

People First Language

Section 504 and IDEA: Basic Similarities and Differences

The Council for Exceptional Children

The National Association for Gifted Children

We Media: The Disability Network

Book Title:Course materials will change for February & beyond. Please email for an updated booklist.
Publication Info:Open Web Sources
Book Title:Curious Incident of Dog in Night-Time - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Vintage Books
Author:Haddon, Mark
Unit Cost:$16.40
Book Title:Special Education, Loose-Leaf Version, 4/E
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Marilyn Friend
Unit Cost:$104.07
Electronic ISBN:9781269649193
Electronic Unit Cost:$54.99

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.