Exceptionality and Learning (Minor)

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The needs of children and youth with disabilities are met by a variety of professionals working in contexts inside and outside of schools, including backgrounds such as psychology, nursing, health science, and public health studies. The Exceptionality and Learning Minor is designed to prepare candidates in fields outside of education to understand and effectively work with children and youth with disabilities. Course content within the minor includes typical and atypical development, characteristics of individuals with disabilities, collaborative practices, and behavior management, all considered within and beyond the classroom setting. This minor is designed to appeal to candidates from fields outside of education.

Course Requirements

The Exceptionality and Learning Minor requires 20 credit hours (5 courses).

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 300INTRO TO SPECIAL EDUCATION I: EXCEPTIONALITY & LEARNING4
SER 301INTRO TO SPECIAL EDUCATION II - FOUNDATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS4
SER 303CLASSROOM AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT4
SER 320COLLABORATION IN SCHOOLS4
Select one additional course from the following:4
INSTRUCTION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
TEACHING MATHEMATICS TO EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS
TEACHING LITERACY TO EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS
FORMAL ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES I: ACADEMICS, LIFE SKILLS, & TRANSITION
TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES II: COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL SKILLS

Note: Students in DePaul's College of Education program in Special Education cannot select the Exceptionality and Learning Minor. Likewise, College of Education students pursing the Special Education Minor cannot select the Exceptionality and Learning Minor. This minor does not lead to credentials with the Illinois State Board of Education.