The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Special Education introduces students to the history of disability and Special Education along with the policies and laws that led to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Students explore the legal requirements that are fundamental to the protocols and provisions implemented through the IEP and the discipline. Within the context of how neurology impacts disability and learning, students examine the peer-reviewed evidence-based practices that inform how we manage behavior and implement academic protocols to teach and assess exceptional diverse learners. With a curriculum that is constructed through the lens of Critical Disability Theory, candidates apply conscious cultural responsiveness to remove learning and societal barriers that diverse populations of exceptional learners and their families confront. Accordingly, collaboration with families and all stakeholders is a focus to improve learner-centered outcomes through their entire IDEA-mandated academic life and beyond matriculation through transition to postsecondary outcomes.
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