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Areas of Study | | EDUC270 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Education/Exceptional Child
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
DELIVERY MODE:One online section fall semester and as needed

An introduction to the study of the identification of, teaching methods for, and programs for individuals with exceptionalities at home, school, and community. The course focuses on characteristics in the following areas of exceptionalities: learning disabilities; attention deficit disorder; autism spectrum disorders; intellectual and developmental disabilities; emotional and behavior disorders; communication, language and speech disorders; special gifts and talents; deaf or hard of hearing; visual impairments; and physical disabilities, health impairments, and multiple disabilities. Baccalaureate course. Criminal background check may be required. (6 hours observation required)

Placement into ENGL101.


Students will demonstrate through quizzes, discussion, exams, and reports:
  1. Understandingof the term exceptional as it applies to children in education and an understanding of the differences in characteristics of each of the areas of exceptionalities.
  2. Insight into the special problems that are experienced by the school and family when rearing a child with exceptional characteristics.
  3. Awareness of the necessity of involving families in the educational process of all children.
  4. An understanding that all children are children first and to make use on an ongoing basis of people first" language.
  5. Cognizance of the history of education for students with special needs and the impact of legislation on that development.
  6. Awareness of the procedures of assessment for students with special needs, particularlyResponse to Intervention (RTI) and the use of the Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  7. Knowledge of the use of a variety of learning environments and modifications to educational practices to meet the needs of each student.

Role of the family in the education of exceptional children (ecological vs. medical model)

Role of social institutions in the education of exceptional children (IDEA, IEP, NCLB,


Early intervention and developmental delays (risk factors, detection, interventions)

Learning disabilities

Attention deficit disorder

Autism spectrum disorders

Intellectual and developmental disabilities

Emotional and behavior disorders

Communication, language, and speech disorders

Gifted and special talents

Deaf or hard of hearing

Visual impairment

Physical disabilities, health impairments, multiple disabilities

Changing role of the teacher

 Kirk, Samuel, Gallagher, James, Coleman, Mary Ruth, Anastasiow, Nick. Educating Exceptional Children. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 13TH edition, 2012.


A point system will be used to evaluate the student’s performance in this class. Rubrics for essay exams and reports will be provided. Students MUST complete the observation notes, summaries and report to pass the class, regardless of the total number of points accumulated.  Please note that there are a total of 13 discussion topics but only 10 are included in the total points. Students responding to all 13 have the opportunity to earn 30 extra credit points.

Chapter Quizzes (12 quizzes, 25 multiple choice questions, 1 point per question) 300 points

Class Participation (10 discussion topics, 10 points each)     100 points

Observation notes and summaries (RTI 50, F.A.T. Section One 75, Section Two 75) 200 points

Essay Exam (1 required question, 2nd choice between two questions) 200 points

Final observation report 200 points

Grading Scale

A = 900-1000 points
B = 800-899 points
C = 700-799 points
D = 600-699 points
F = less than 600 points


Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 113. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Fall 2015

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