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EDU 102: Exceptional Learners and the Paraprofessional

Course Description

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.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Summarize the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
  2. List different categories of exceptional learners and the characteristics of each.
  3. Explain how exceptional learners are identified.
  4. Identify strategies to educate different types of exceptional learners.
  5. 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

Assignment(s)

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

32%

Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7)

20%

Reflection on Family Member Interview (Week 3)

10%

Classroom Observation, Verification & Reflection Form (Week 6)

20%

Final Paper (Week 8)

18%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Turnbull, Ann et.al. Exceptional Lives. 8th ed. Pearson, 2016. ISBN-10: 0-13-358934-X or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-358934-4 [Looseleaf Version]

Additional Requirements

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)

Recommended Resource

  • National Resource Center for Paraeducators Website: http://www.nrcpara.org. Students are encouraged to sign up for the free mailing list on this page.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

1,2,5

Topic: Exceptional Learners Overview

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: An Overview

Readings:

  • Textbook- chapters 1 & 2
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 1 content folder
  • Read assigned chapters & handouts
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Begin looking for a person to interview for week 3 assignment
  • Begin looking for a classroom to observe for week 6 assignment

2

3,5

Topics: Diverse Schools and Families

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Diversity

Readings:

  • Textbook- chapters 3 & 4
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 2 content folder
  • Read assigned chapters & handouts
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Begin to prepare for interview for week 3 assignment
  • Continue looking for a classroom to observe for week 6 assignment

3

2-5

Topics: Learning Disabilities and Communication Disorders

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Communication Disorders
  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Learning Disabilities

Readings:

  • Textbook- chapters 5 & 6
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 3 content folder
  • Read assigned chapters & handouts
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Submit Interview Assignment

4

2-5

Topic: Emotional Disturbance (ED)

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Emotionally Distrubed

Readings:

  • Textbook- chapter 7
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 4 content folder
  • Read assigned chapter & handouts
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on classroom observation for week 6 assignment

5

2-5

Topic: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: ADHD

Readings:

  • Textbook- chapter 8
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 5 content folder
  • Read assigned chapter & handouts
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz
  • Continue working on classroom observation for week 6 assignment

6

2-5

Topics: Intellectual Disability and Multiple Disabilities

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Intellectual Disability

Readings:

  • Textbook- chapters 9 & 10
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 6 content folder
  • Read assigned chapters & handouts
  • Review lecture material
  • Watch videos in lecture folder
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Submit Classroom Observation Assignment
  • Begin preparing Research Paper for week 8

7

2-5

Topic: Autism

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Autism

Readings:

  • Textbook- chapter 11
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 7 content folder
  • Read assigned chapter & handouts
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete Quiz

8

2-5

Topics: Low Incidence Disabilities and Culminating Assignment

View Powerpoint:

  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Physical Disability
  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Traumatic Brain Injury
  • COMPASS: Exceptional Learners: Visual Impairment

Readings:

  • Textbook- chapters 12-15
  • Supplemental handouts located in Week 8 content folder
  • Read assigned chapters & handouts
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Submit Research Paper
  • Complete course evaluation

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.

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