This course provides students with knowledge about the types of disabilities and the behavioral and instructional supports used for working with special needs students. Common terms and acronyms of the special education process are also identified. Learning outcomes are based on the National Paraprofessional Standards Levels One, Two and Three and include information on the important role paraprofessionals have in supporting school success. Students will be provided with numerous modes of learning, including lecture, group discussion, application activities and classroom observations to assist them in learning and demonstrating the content of the Exceptional Learners course. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Summarize the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
- List different categories of exceptional learners and the characteristics of each.
- Explain how exceptional learners are identified.
- Identify strategies to educate different types of exceptional learners.
- Describe the role of paraprofessionals in supporting exceptional learners in the general education and special education classrooms.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7)
Reflection on Family Member Interview (Week 3)
Classroom Observation, Verification & Reflection Form (Week 6)
Final Paper (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Turnbull, Ann et.al. Exceptional Lives - with Access Code. 9th ed. Pearson, 2020. ISBN-10: 0-13-489363-8 or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-489363-1
Details posted in the Course Content section of the course
- Interview: Students will interview a family member or friend who has a child with a disability. (Week 3)
- Classroom Observation: Students will observe a paraprofessional working with students with disabilities. (Week 6)
- National Resource Center for Paraeducators Website: http://www.nrcpara.org. Students are encouraged to sign up for the free mailing list on this page.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Exceptional Learners Overview
Topics: Diverse Schools and Families
Topics: Learning Disabilities and Communication Disorders
Topic: Emotional Disturbance (ED)
Topic: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Topics: Intellectual Disability and Multiple Disabilities
Topics: Low Incidence Disabilities and Culminating Assignment
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.