This four-credit course focuses on the study of the diverse social, cultural, and academic backgrounds and special needs of all students represented in classrooms. Students will review and present research related to the issues of preparing teaching methods and materials for individualizing instruction to meet diverse needs. Class readings and discussions will focus on theories of individualizing instruction and the problems of applying individualized instruction in particular school settings.

A weekly internship at a local school working with students who may be severely and profoundly handicapped and/ or have low incidence disabilities is required for students with all clearances seeking certification.