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.


SPED, CI, or CNSL Master's students only or permission; Degree students only even after level restrictions removed; CDE students register for EDSP 201 ZRA

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 System 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. The course will be delivered in a hybrid format including both face-to-face and online class sessions. Active engagement and participation regardless of learning platform is expected.

Section Expectation

EDSP 201 is a hybrid course. This means that some of the course will be delivered in a traditional face-to-face format and some will be delivered through online learning activities. The instructor may also use a “flipped classroom” approach through the use of audio narrated PowerPoint assigned to students prior to class. In addition the instructor will utilize varied assessment formats and strategies. Students are expected to use Blackboard.


Assignments, project(s), a final assessment, and attendance and participation

Course Dates



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