SPED 5000K Introduction to Inclusive Education

An introduction to the multiple meanings of inclusive education as employed in both national and international contexts. Specific attention is paid to school structure, legislative mandates in support of inclusive education, collaborative problem-solving relationships among educators (general and special), students, and families in designing and modeling inclusive pedagogies and practices for diverse learners. We will examine historical contexts, shifting societal beliefs, and subsequent educational theories that have led to an increased emphasis on inclusion and the merits of collaborative education to serve students with disabilities in more integrated contexts. The course includes: an overview of inclusive education, student characteristics; diverse approaches to pedagogical practice; models of collaboration, including collaborative team teaching (CTT); classroom management; and assessment and utilization of assistive instructional technologies. Matriculation in School of Education program required.



Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.