CHD 210 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                      Date:  September 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education

Course Number & Title: CHD 210, Introduction to Exceptional Children


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk          Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk          Lab: 0          Lec/Lab Comb: 3


I.         Catalog Description: CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3 cr.)
Reviews the history of and legal requirements for providing intervention and educational services for young children with special needs. Studies the characteristics of    children with a diverse array of needs and developmental abilities. Explores concepts of early intervention, inclusion, guiding behavior and adapting environments to meet    children's needs.

Lecture 3 hours per week.
Functional literacy in the English language; reading at the 12th grade level.

3 credits


II.        Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: The goal of the Early Childhood Education program is to provide the knowledge and skills training needed by teachers, childcare providers, and others who are involved in the education of young children. An understanding of the theories and practical applications covered in this course is an essential competency needed by those entering or continuing in the early childhood education field. The knowledge of issues related to exceptional children, that students receive by completing this course, would also be helpful to those planning to pursue baccalaureate degrees in fields other than Early Childhood, such as education, psychology, or certain health-related specialties. This course relates to Program Goal 1 – forming parent/family relationships and Program Goal 4 – ongoing assessment of children.

III.            Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) ENF 2; completion of (or exemption from) MTT 2 developmental requirement. Prerequisite: CHD 120 or permission of instructor.


IV.             Course Content (list the major topics):

A.                 Historical overview of special education

B.                Communicating and working effectively with families

C.                 Techniques for including and educating children with diverse      abilities

D.                Overview of services available for exceptional children and their families

E.                 Networking and collaborating with other professionals to enhance delivery of services to exceptional children and their families.


V.                 Learner Outcomes:


The student will:

VI.               Evaluation

A.                    Use the commonly accepted categories of disabilities and the criteria used to identify and categorize them.

B.                       Research the history of special education and the theories and approaches currently being used in the education of exceptional children.

C.                      Use effective ways of communicating and collaborating with parents, understanding the impact that an exceptional child has on the family.

D.                      Use a variety of techniques for working with exceptional children and their families in lesson planning.

E.                       Demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills needed for collaborating with education and allied health professionals involved in delivery of services to exceptional children.

F.                       Utilize the community resources that are available to exceptional children to assist their families.

Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing assignment defined by the instructor.

Possible assignments include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create a resource file of community resources available to assist children and families.
  • Adapt a commonly used toy to assist a child with a particular disability.
  • Review current events articles and popular movies for the use of “people first” language and non-discriminatory actions.



VI.               This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:

Communication          Personal Development

Critical Thinking       Cultural and Social Understanding