This course will provide an introduction to the field of special education, major provisions of special education law, and the legal mandates of the teacher serving children with disabilities in the least restrictive setting. It will also review the major needs of students with disabilities, including the effects of family demographics. Emphasis will be placed on working within special education team structures, recognizing inclusive practices, and discussing the various roles of professionals.
NOTE Prerequisite: In addition, students must obtain the standard criminal background checks that are required for those who work in school settings. These include a fingerprint check, a Criminal Background Check (ACT 34) and Child Abuse History Clearance (ACT 151) prior to beginning the course. Background check forms are available on-line.