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Course Descriptions

EDUC 105: Exceptional Learners

-Completion of EDUC 101 or CHLD 101
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSY 209
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
-Placement at college level reading

*** Students who enroll in EDUC 101 and EDUC 105 will be required to undergo a criminal background check by a college selected vendor. A clear background check is mandatory in order to complete the course/state required 15 hour clinical component for each class. The cost of the background check will be added as a course fee.*** Prerequisite: EDUC 101; concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, PSY 209. This survey course provides an introduction to educating exceptional students. Topics include the historical, philosophical and legal foundations in special education, an overview of the fundamentals in the field of special education, the characteristics of individuals with disabilities, the programs that serve them under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the diversity of the populations of individuals with disabilities. A required component of this course includes real life experiences with an individual(s) with disabilities by either participating in the Heartland Peer Partners Program OR conducting school observations in special education settings. A total of 15 hours of field experience is required for this course. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.