Spring 2022 - EDUC 426 D200

Teaching Children and Youth with Special Needs (4)

Class Number: 8248

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    SWH 10051, 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.


Learning outcomes:

  • Understand key concepts in inclusive education
  • Identify the characteristics and learning needs of a range of exceptionalities recognized in Canadian schools.
  • Understand the most commonly used approaches for identifying, describing, and supporting exceptional learners.
  • Apply knowledge of inclusive practices and individualized supports for students with exceptionalities.
  • Critically reflect on your own attitudes and beliefs about including students with special needs in the classroom


  • Homework 20%
  • In-class Written Work 15%
  • Reflection Paper 15%
  • Research Paper 25%
  • Online Quiz 25%


There is no final exam in this course.Additional required weekly readings or materials will be available on Canvas



Additional required weekly readings or materials will be available on Canvas


Special Education in Canada 3, 3rd Edition. Edmunds; Edmunds. Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780199026654

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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 spring 2022 term.