Spring 2020 - EDUC 426 E100

Teaching Children and Youth with Special Needs (4)

Class Number: 2930

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    EDB 7608, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check. 60 units including EDUC 220 or PSYC 250, or EDUC 401/402 or Corequsite: EDUC 403.



An introduction to the field of special education including studies of the definitional criteria and characteristics of major categories of special need, and the distinctive instructional challenges associated with these categories. The course focuses on the special learning needs of school age students, both elementary and secondary school levels, and emphasizes both the analysis of issues and treatment needs across the array of special needs.


This course introduces students to the historical, social, and educational foundations of special education services in Canada. Students will review the elements of effective education for learners diagnosed with a variety of high and low incidence disabilities. In the course, we will discuss the educational implications of students with exceptionalities in a general inclusive settings.


  1. Understand the history, social and cultural influences surrounding inclusion, and special education in Canada.
  2. Identify and describe the criteria and characteristics of multiple exceptionalities.
  3. Identify assessment and evaluation methods for exceptional learners.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of design considerations in developing instructional programs for exceptional learners.
  5. Identify strategies to teach exceptional learners in regular classroom settings.
  6. Discuss and critically evaluate current issues related to inclusive education in Canada.


  • Reflection Paper 10%
  • Field Experience 20%
  • Family Interview 10%
  • Reading Assignments 30%
  • Final Exam 30%


Field Experience: Students will be required to conduct observations of learners with special needs.



Hutchinson, N. (2020) Inclusion of Learners with Exceptionalities in Canadian Schools: A Practical Handbook for Teacher (6th ed.). Pearson Canada.
ISBN: 9780134772059


Bondy, A. (2011) The Pyramid Approach to Education: A Guide to Functional ABA (2nd ed.). Delaware, Pyramid Educational Consultants Inc. (Kindle book)

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