Fall 2023 - EDUC 426 E100
Teaching Children and Youth with Special Needs (4)
Class Number: 4791
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 4:30–8:20 p.m.
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 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.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Participants of the course will be introduced to the instruments that will allow them to:
- critically examine schooling practices for learners with multidimensional identities and;
- plan classroom engagement, learning, and teaching that support all students’ histories, cultures, and voices.
- Online Glossary Forums (weekly) 15%
- Class Discussions (weekly) 20%
- Group project (midterm) 30%
- Individual project (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.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
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.
Special Education in Canada, 3rd Ed. Authors Edmunds & Edmunds
Also available for purchase as an E-book at https://www.redshelf.com/book/526763/special-education-in-canada-526763-9780199000432-alan-l-edmunds-gail-a-edmunds
Recommended materials will be posted on Canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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
Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.