Summer 2021 - EDUC 426 D100

Teaching Children and Youth with Special Needs (4)

Class Number: 2397

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • 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.


The course combines synchronous and asynchronous e-learning. While participation in live, synchronous class discussions via Zoom once a week is highly encouraged and recommended to build a community and sense of belonging within a course, it is not a requirement. Participants of the course will be able to self-pace their learning.

The course provides the foundations of inclusive and equitable teaching and learning. A set of analytical frameworks and practical tools will be presented to equip participants with the inclusive ways of thinking toward the design of classroom communities that support learners who find themselves at the margins of ableist, colonial education.


Participants of the course will be introduced to the instruments that will allow them to:

  1. critically examine schooling practices for learners with multidimensional identities and
  2. plan classroom engagement, learning, and teaching that support all students’ histories, cultures, and voices.


  • Educational journey maps (introductory project) 15%
  • Reading reflections (weekly) 15%
  • Glossary forums (biweekly) 10%
  • Case study analysis (midterm project) 25%
  • Classroom applications (final project) 35%


This course outline is a “living document” and, thus, is subject to change. Course details will be discussed during the first week.


Participation in and completion of all major learning activities throughout the course.



Syncronous e-learning will be offered through Zoom and asychronous e-learning will be supported through Canvas and SFU library. A laptop, microphone, camera, access to internet; software for reading, listening, and viewing electronic sources (pdfs, word documents, images, audio, and video files) will be crucial for participation in the course.


A set of required readings, videos, podcasts, and recorded lectures will be delivered digitally through Canvas and SFU library. No need for the course materials purchase.


Recommended materials will be posted on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).