EDUC5468 Special Education Curriculum I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides students with an introduction to the characteristics of children and adolescents with exceptional needs. The range of disabilities and disorders encountered by teachers in special and mainstream settings is covered throughout the unit. Students develop an understanding of the educational, behavioural, social and emotional needs of children and adolescents with a disability and are able to program for their needs. Policy and practice in inclusive education are also covered.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of the learning, social, emotional and behavioural needs of children and adolescents with various categories of exceptionality; (2) adapt the curriculum to meet the learning needs of students with various categories of disability in the regular or support classroom; (3) demonstrate an awareness of appropriate aspects of current Department of Education policies, initiatives and strategic directions with regard to exceptional students; (4) demonstrate an awareness of the various Acts of parliament that impinge on the day-to-day work of the teacher; (5) adapt the regular curriculum to enhance the learning objectives set for students with exceptional learning needs; (6) demonstrate an awareness of the range of support structures and support personnel available to assist teachers in government and non-government schools to meet the educational needs of exceptional students; (7) demonstrate an awareness of diverse student learning needs through the planning of differentiated learning experiences and the selection of appropriate and relevant resources; (8) understand causes of behaviour issues and their management for students with disabilities in order to create a safe learning environment; and (9) demonstrate an awareness of the various support organisations available to assist parents, schools and teachers and be able to communicate effectively with them to ensure appropriate support for students with exceptional needs.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) preparation of a teaching program and (2) classroom presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the preparation of a teaching program and classroom presentation components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Glasgow
Unit rules
re-enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in School Psychology; Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education; Master of Teaching Secondary
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Ashman, A. and Elkins, J. Educating Children With Diverse Abilities, 2nd edn: Prentice Hall 2005

Foreman, P. Inclusion in Action, 2nd edn: Thompson 2008


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