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Special Education: D2:Foundations of Special Ed

EDSP 201 OL1 (CRN: 61737)

3 Credit Hours

About EDSP 201 OL1

Examination of historical and current trends in the treatment of individuals with disabilities including effects of discrimination, advocacy, litigation, legislation and economic considerations on educational services and community inclusion. Prerequisite: Twelve hours in Education and related areas, or Instructor permission.


Dates: July 15 - August 9, 2019 Open to graduate students in Special Ed and/or Counseling programs.

Section Description

This course examines the legal and ethical issues embedded in the provision of special education services to individuals with disabilities and their families. The course addresses the historical treatment of people with disabilities from a service delivery model perspective. Significant legislation and court decisions will be addressed along with current special education legal requirements. Specific attention will be given to ways in which disability may be viewed as a form of diversity. Additionally, important frameworks and concepts including social construction of disability, self-determination, inclusion, collaboration with diverse families and person-centered planning will be explored. The course will also embed understanding of these concepts within the framework of Vermont’s Educational Support System model, Multi-tiered Systems of support and Universal Design as a way to examine the ways in which all students can have their learning needs met in general education settings.

Section Expectation

The course will be delivered in an asynchronous online format utilizing programs such as flipgrid, screencastomatic, and the UVM sponsored BlackBoard site. Active engagement and participation regardless of learning platform is expected. The instructor will model for students the use of all technology in the beginning of the course to ensure understanding by all participants.


Grades are based on weekly assignments, a midterm exam, and a final project.




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