This is a survey course to prepare educators to teach diverse learners, including those with exceptionalities. It covers developmental characteristics, assessment methods, intervention strategies, and ethical principles for students in education and community settings. This course will introduce students to physical, social, emotional, and educational characteristics of students with exceptional needs. An overview of incidence, prevalence, and educational intervention for major categories of exceptionalities of students enrolled in public and private educational systems in K-12 grade range will be discussed. The course will discuss major litigation and legislation affecting people with exceptionalities along with identifying services and agencies frequently impacting populations with special needs; including residential programming, vocational training, and professional organizations. Students will learn to create supportive environments for people with exceptionalities regardless of their career aspirations by evaluating and revising perceptions and attitudes about exceptional populations.

This is a survey course on the critical consumerism of scholarly literature. Students will gain knowledge of the various component of scholarly research articles and will develop the skills required to adequately read and critically analyze the literature. Students will develop the skills of conducting scholarly research searches as well as writing an annotated bibliography. Students will also be introduced to writing in the American Psychology Association style.