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This course is designed to help students explore issues and perspectives related to children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of ability and disability experiences. It provides an introduction to the historical factors, legislation, terminology, etiology, characteristics that are commonly encountered when addressing the needs of diverse students with disabilities ranging from mild, moderate to severe.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to non-degree graduate students.

Distribution: Social Science General Education course and U.S. Diversity General Education course

Special Education, MS

The mission of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders is to prepare dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who are unique in their ability to facilitate, design, implement, and evaluate programs for individuals with disabilities. This is accomplished by creating opportunities for the acquisition and maintenance of knowledge, skills, and dispositions as prescribed by the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (for graduate program only), and state and federal regulations.