SPE3001 Introduction to Special Education
Pre-requisite: EDC1400 or EDU1010
Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see: http://www.usq.edu.au/education/professional-experience/blue-card.
This course will introduce pre-service teachers to the field of special education. The approach taken in the course is based on effective teacher education where 'real world' experiences in special education settings are linked with a strong theoretical background. A brief history of special education will be presented and the evolution of inclusive education described. An introduction to areas of disability and learning difficulty, such as autism, will preface later courses in special education. Assessment and monitoring of students with difficulties and disabilities will also be included. An important part of working in special education is collaborating and consulting with others therefore an introduction to interpersonal skills is included in this course. The reality of effectively addressing the learning and behaviour challenges of students with difficulties and disabilities through research based strategies is also a component of this course.