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CCOG for ED 251 Fall 2022

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Course Number:
ED 251
Course Title:
Overview of Exceptional Learners
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Course Description

Introduction to diverse conditions of students with special needs in public schools. Identifies and defines the following disabilities: learning disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, mental retardation, severe and multiple disabilities, autism, health impairments, physical disabilities, communication disorders, vision impairments, hearing loss, and traumatic brain injury. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand terminology used in Special Education.
  • Investigate the different types of exceptional learners.
  • Investigate characteristics of their physical, mental, and emotional development.
  • Demonstrate respect for differences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use reason, decision making, and complex problem solving skills.

Course Activities and Design

Students will:

  • Identify and define various disabilities found in the classroom.
  • Describe methods to prevent disabilities.
  • Describe causes of disabilities.
  • Differentiate and identify curriculum for different levels of disabilities.
  • Identify and describe current public laws related to education.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students' progress will be evaluated and criteria for assigning a course grade by the following tools: assignments, chapter questions
and discussion, special interest paper or debate, participation in group and class discussion, attendance and final exam.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Communication: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to communicate effectively by determining the purpose of communication; analyzing audience and context to sue appropriate language and modality; and by responding to feedback to achieve clarity, coherence, and effectiveness.
Community and environmental responsibility: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to apply scientific, cultural, and political perspectives in understanding the natural and social world and in addressing the consequences of human activity both globally and locally, demonstrating an understanding of social change and social action.
Critical thinking and problem solving: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to think critically and creatively to solve problems, understanding and using various methods of reasoning and evaluating information and it sources.
Culture awareness: Graduates of Portland Community College should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the varieties of human cultures, perspectives, and forms of expressions as well as their own cultures complexities.
Professional competence: Graduates of Portland Community College should demonstrate mastery in a discipline of profession at a level appropriate to program and transfer requirements through the application of concepts, skills, processes, and technology in the performance of authentic tasks that enhance community involvement and employability.
Self-reflection: Graduates of Portland Community College should be self-appraising in applying the knowledge and skills they have learned, examining and evaluating personal beliefs and comparing them with the beliefs of others.