EDUC& 204 Exceptional Child • 5 Cr.


Examines the educational, social, and developmental patterns of children and youth aged 0-21 years with exceptionalities. Students explore the impact of exceptionalities on children, their families and on their futures. Includes information about federal and state legislation and programs designed for children with special needs.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define the terms, language, and legislative acts used in the field of special education
  • Describe characteristics of and classroom accommodations for the Disability Categories defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Compare and contrast placement types, options and attributes for children identified as having exceptionalities
  • Articulate the process for identification and placement for children with exceptionalities within educational settings including transition planning
  • Describe impact of exceptionalities on family structure and parenting and identify community resources to support families and children