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Course Description

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Education-Special Education - SPE 210

Methods and Curricula for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

3 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours

Course Description

This course will familiarize the student with the theoretical approaches of education for persons with special needs including a survey of various curricula. Emphasis is placed on understanding educational roles in the Individual Education Plan Process and the Individualized Family Service Plan requirements. Current best practices provide the framework for strategies employed when working with persons with developmental disabilities explored in this course.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the role of the educator in the identification of developmental problems and in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process.
  • Outline the major requirements of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  • Summarize the different assessment protocols utilized for identifying children with special needs.
  • Explore key issues regarding readiness and pre-academic skills regarding children with special needs.
  • Explain specific activities which increase/stimulate cognitive development, including objectives, methods and criteria for measurement of success.
  • Construct a task analysis of specific skills in the areas of self-care, cognitive development and socialization.
  • Prescribe the formation of appropriate goals and objectives for children and adults with special needs.
  • Contrast the various curricula used with children and adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Incorporate the Child Protection Law and Mandated Reporting of Suspected Abuse and Neglect.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday