EDUC 2301 - INTRODUCTION SPECIAL POPULATIONS

An enriched, integrated pre-service course and content experience that provides an overview of schooling and classrooms from the perspectives of language, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic and academic diversity, and equity with an emphasis on factors that facilitate learning. The course provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations of P- 12 special populations and should be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. Must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms with special population.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of exceptional learners (e.g. Learning Disabilities, Gifted and Talented), including legal implications.
  • Describe and analyze characteristics of diverse learners (e.g. language, gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity) and how diversity impacts learning.
  • Describe the impact of socio-economic status on learning and creating equitable classrooms.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and challenges of racial, ethnic, and other types of cultural diversity in the classroom.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0
External Learning/Field/Skills/Practicum Hours: 16.0

Prerequisites:

  • EDUC 1301 - INTRODUCTION TO THE TEACHING PROFESSION