Introduction to Children with Special Needs in ECE & FS

Course Number: ECE 234
Transcript Title: Children w/Special Needs in/ECE
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2019
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Explores areas of special needs in children from birth through eight years of age. Identifies and understands the knowledge of inclusion of children in early childhood settings. Explores services available to children with special needs and their families. Introduces students to child development issues as it relates to special needs children. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of learning disabilities in the ECE classroom.
  2. Recognize and understand special needs areas, including: giftedness, deaf and hearing impaired, and the emotionally disturbed ECE child.
  3. Recognize cognitive delays and disabilities in ECE classrooms.
  4. Apply strategies for mainstreaming in ECE.
  5. Assess ECE children with special needs.
  6. Apply knowledge parent-teacher partnership in the support and intervention of special needs ECE children.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: interviews, written observations, journal reflections, self-assessment, professional plan, professional philosophy, group projects, and assignments.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course outline is a topical outline and is not necessarily the sequence in which the material will be presented.

  • Educating young children with special needs
  • Partnership with families, team collaboration, problem solving and consultation 
  • Developing Individualized plans and programs for children with special needs
  • Designing instructional programs for teaching children with specific special needs.
  • Promoting and nurturing emotional, social development and communication skills with children with special needs
  • Guiding and helping children develop motor and self-help skills.
  • Encouraging the development of cognitive and literacy skills.

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate are Standard #1 - Promoting Child Development and Learning

Core Knowledge categories – Special Needs (SN)