COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE INCLUSIVE EDUCATION OF SPECIAL NEEDS (ISN) CORE CURRICULUM

ISN 101  History of Special Education (3)                                                                             

An overview of the field of special education as an evolving and changing discipline based on philosophies, evidence-based principles and theories, relevant laws and policies, diverse and historical points of view, and human issues that have historically influenced and continue to influence the field of special education and the education and treatment of individuals with exceptional needs in both school and society are examined.     

ISN 102  Teaching as an Inclusive Practice (2)                                                                    

The effects that an exceptional condition can have on an individual’s learning in school and throughout life are explored, along with the expectations of all educators for identification and accommodation of individual learner needs.  The specific roles of the special educator are delineated in various delivery models across a continuum of services from infancy through adulthood.                       

ISN 103  Low Incidence Disabilities (IDD) (3)                                                                      

Contents cover definition of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), classification, prevalence and causes of IDD, Psychological and behavioural characteristics, and Implications for educational placements, early intervention strategies are examined.       

ISN 104  Low Incidence Disabilities (HI)     (3)                                                       

Course contents cover definitions and classifications of hearing impairments, identification, causes, psychological and behavioural characteristics of learners with hearing impairments, educational programming and early intervention strategies.

ISN 105  General Classroom Management (3)                                                                   

The establishment and maintenance of an orderly environment for the engagement of students in meaningful academic learning as well as for the enhancement of the social and moral growth of students is the content, with the following specifics:  developing caring, supportive relationships with and among students; organizing and implementing instruction to optimize learning; group

ISN 106  Individuals with Learning Disabilities (3)                                                     

Characteristics and implications for educational programming for students with a variety of learning disabilities are examined.  Content covers the definitions, psychological and behavioral characteristics, prevalence and etiology, identification process, and educational considerations for children and adolescents so identified.

ISN 107  Instructional and Assistive Technology in Inclusive classrooms (2)               

Course contents in this area cover using multimedia approaches – graphics, motion video, text and sound to deliver instruction in inclusive classrooms, using Assistive technology – devices and services (items, piece of equipment) to enhance, maintain or improve functional capabilities of learners with disabilities.

ISN 108    Practicum: Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (2)                            

Field experience in educational settings with students with low incidence disabilities is provided.   Such assignments are on an individual basis and in designated settings for all five disability areas covered in the low incidence disabilities course.  An observational rubric is used in order to provide information for whole-group class discussions of the various learners in their learning environments.

ISN 109 Low incidence disabilities (Visual impairments)    (3)                                    

Areas to cover include definition, classification, anatomy and physiology of the eye, identification, etiology, psychological and behavioural characteristics, educational considerations and service delivery models for learners with visual impairments.