Introduction to Special Populations

Western Texas College

Students will be required to pass criminal background checks at most observation sights, please allow plenty of time before you plan on scheduling an observation.

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1.  Course Description: An enriched, integrated pre-service course and content experience that:
      1. provides an overview of schooling and classrooms from the perspectives of language,
        gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic and academic diversity, and equity with an emphasis
        on factors that facilitate learning;
      2. provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations of P-12
        special populations;
      3. should be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards;
      4. must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms with
        special populations; and
      5. Pre-requisite for this course is EDUC 1301.
    2. Any required prerequisites: TSI Met in Reading and Writing
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. The student will summarize causes, incidences and characteristics of exceptionalities related to the domains of development; discuss current terminology and practices for intervention strategies; identify appropriate community resources and referrals for individual children and families; review legislation and legal mandates and their impact on practices and environments; explain the role of advocacy for children with special needs and their families. 
    2. For all assessment methods- exam questions, worksheet questions, and scenarios- the following will indicate the measure of success in reaching the Student Learning Outcomes:

      85-100% accuracy-Advanced mastery of learning objectives
      70-84 % accuracy-Developing mastery of learning objectives
      60-69 % accuracy –Emerging mastery of learning objectives
      less than 60% accuracy indicates the student has not met the learning objectives.

  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. 10 chapter worksheets will comprise 30% of the final grade.
    2. 4 quizzes will comprise 30% of the final grade.
    3. Observations/interviews will comprise 35% of the final grade.  Student must complete 16 hours of field experience in a public school setting.
    4. Discussions will comprise 5% of the final grade.
  4.  Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Teaching Special Students In General Education Classrooms. ISBN 0135014905,  by Rena B. Lewis Allyn & Bacon/Merrill
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and Important Dates are available in the Catalog.
  6. Course Organization and Schedule
    1. Weekly Course Schedule

Week Number

Section/Online Work

Week 1

Getting Started
Chapter 1: Success for All Students in the General Education Classroom

Week 2

Chapter 2: Collaboration and the Team Approach
Chapter 3: Special Students, Special Needs

Week 3

Exam One Chapters 1-3

Week 4

Chapter 4: Adapting Instruction
Chapter 5: Managing Classroom Behavior

Week 5

Chapter 6: Promoting Social Acceptance
Chapter 7: Coordinating the Classroom Learning Environment

Week 6

Chapter 8: Teaching with Classroom Technologies
First observation Assignment due this week!

Week 7

Exam 2 Chapters 4-8

Week 8

Chapter 9: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Chapter 10: Teaching Students with Mild Retardation and Severe Disabilities

Week 9 Chapter 11: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders
Chapter 12: Teaching Students with Communication Disorders
Week 10 Exam 3 Chapters 9-12
Second Observation Assignment due this week!
Week 11 Chapter 13: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Chapter 14: Teaching Students with Physical and Health Impairments
Week 12 Chapter 15: Teaching Students Who Are Gifted and Talented
Chapter 16: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Week 13 Chapter 17: Teaching Students at Risk for School Failure
Week 14 Teacher Interview Due this Week
Week 15 Third Observation Assignment due this week!
Prepare for Final
Week 16 Final Exam

Disclaimer:  Schedule and content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.


Last Modified: August 18, 2015