Fall 2021 - EDUC 426 E100

Teaching Children and Youth with Special Needs (4)

Class Number: 5281

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    EDB 7608, 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.


  1. Describe the definitional criteria and characteristics of a variety of low-incidence exceptionalities.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of instructional strategies that can support students with these exceptionalities.
  3. Critically reflect on one’s own attitudes and beliefs about including students with special needs in the classroom.


  • Homework 20%
  • In-class written work 20%
  • Reflection paper 20%
  • Final project 40%


There is no final exam for this course.



Students will need to be able to connect to the Internet to access Canvas, and must have access to a word processor for writing up papers and assignments.


Special Education in Canada, 3e. Author(s): Edmunds; Edmunds Oxford University Press.

Can be rented online as an ebook: https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/products/special-education-in-canada-alan-edmunds-gail-edmunds-v9780199026661?duration=180&gclid=Cj0KCQjwz4z3BRCgARIsAES_OVdZ4jhoqcF
ISBN: 9780199026654


Additional required weekly readings or materials (e.g., videos) will be available on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.