This four-credit course focuses on the theory and practice in the effective instruction and assessment of the exceptional learner. Social and cognitive development and school and classroom accommodations for both students who are gifted and students who have special needs will be researched and examined in classroom and school settings. National and state laws and school district guidelines pertaining to the treatment and teaching of nontraditional learners and students with special needs in inclusive classrooms will be examined.

A weekly internship at a local school is required for students with all clearances seeking certification.