EDNU 9107: Introduction to Children with Exceptional Needs

Garner success in the early childhood classroom by cultivating an understanding of how young children with exceptional needs best learn in an inclusive classroom. Explore research-based strategies and interventions for students with exceptional needs. Examine the laws and requirements for providing support to students with disabilities. Create a lesson plan that is differentiated to meet the diverse needs of students in the early childhood classroom.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of common exceptional needs of students.
  • Explore strategies and assistive technology used to meet the diverse needs of students in the early childhood classroom.
  • Examine requirements for providing necessary support and accommodations for students with disabilities in the early childhood classroom.
  • Craft a differentiated lesson plan to meet the diverse needs of primary students in the mainstream classroom.

Course Relation to CCS or other Professional Standards
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standard Early Childhood Generalist:

  • Standard I: Using Knowledge of Child Development to Understand the Whole Child
  • Standard II: Partnering with Families and Communities
  • Standard III: Fostering Equity, Fairness, and Appreciation of Diversity
  • Standard IV: Knowing Subject Matter for Teaching Young Children
  • Standard V: Assessing Children’s Development and Learning
  • Standard VI: Managing the Environment for Development and Learning
  • Standard VII: Planning for Development and Learning
  • Standard VIII: Implementing Instruction for Development and Learning
  • Standard IX: Reflect on Teaching Young Children
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Lindsey White

B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education; M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certified in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, and TESOL 9+ years as an elementary classroom teacher: 4th grade, Kindergarten, and Pre-Kindergarten Professional Achievements: National Board Certified Teacher, Student Teaching Fieldwork Liaison, Mentor for teaching interns, STEM Club sponsor

Lindsey is passionate about developmentally appropriate instruction in early childhood education
Lindsey’s primary purpose is to help teachers understand the foundations of early childhood education to bring into their own primary classrooms and set young students up for success
Lindsey’s personal interests include: traveling, kayaking, hiking, and yoga