CHD 210 Syllabus
Division: Arts & Sciences Date: September 2014
Curricula in Which
Course is Taught: Early Childhood
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.
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:
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:
VI. This course supports the following objectives:
DCC Educational Objectives:
Communication Personal Development
Critical Thinking Cultural and Social Understanding