This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the various types of exceptionality and the significance of legal aspects, placement, parental involvement, and professional support in educational practice. It surveys areas of exceptionality such as learning disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, and giftedness, and considers their impact on classroom learning. It addresses educational practices for responding to the needs of students with exceptionalities.

In the context of individual values and beliefs and the complexity of an increasingly diverse society, providing effective learning environments for all students is a continual and complex challenge. Participants take up this challenge by considering a variety of research-based approaches for crafting inclusive, active, and engaging learning environments. These include pedagogically sound technology integration, differentiated instruction, and Understanding by Design.
In the context of individual values and beliefs and the complexity of an increasingly diverse society, providing effective learning environments for all students is a continual and complex challenge. Participants take up this challenge by considering a variety of research-based approaches for crafting inclusive, active, and engaging learning environments. These include pedagogically sound technology integration, differentiated instruction, and Understanding by Design.

This two-part course focuses on literacy practices for the elementary reader and writer in a 21st century environment. Part I focuses on knowledge of literacy practices. Part II focuses systems used in the school and classroom to create literate environments that foster reading and writing. Participants will observe, analyze, engage, and co-teach in the elementary classroom. Twenty focused clinical experience hours are required.