About EDSP 5100 OLR

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.


PACE students only; Degree students register for EDSP 5100 OL1; Asynchronous Online Course; Colocated with EDSP 5100 OL1; Total combined enrollment = 25

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.

Section Expectation

Students are expected to use Brightspace and email regularly. In addition the instructor will utilize varied assessment formats and strategies.


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

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