Education 433 is an introductory course which presents a survey of theory, program concepts and teaching practices related to students with special needs. Emphasis is placed on understanding and addressing the educational and social needs of secondary aged students with disabilities as well as gifted and talented students. Legislation, policies, and practices pertaining to the education of students with special needs in a secondary setting are presented. Knowledge, skills, and strategies including disability and gifted and talented identification, major roles and responsibilities in the Individual Education Program (IEP) process and collaboration between general and special educators aimed at successful inclusive educational practices are also addressed. 10 hours of field experience are included. Elements of this course will include the use of the Internet and the World Wide Web. This course is a pre-requisite for the Single Subject Credential Program at Sonoma State University.

Course Goals

Upon Completion of Education 433, students will demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of exceptionalities associated with any one or a combination of specific learning, physical, health, sensory, communication, developmental, social or emotional or cognitive difficulties.

  • Knowledge of special education and gifted/talented legal issues and public policy provisions at the state and national levels.

  • Knowledge of the major provisions of the Individual Education Program (IEP) process including the role of the general education teacher, other team members; ability to participate as an effective member of an IEP team.

  • Ability to identify and describe the structure and key features of educational programs at the secondary level comparing traditional and progressive approaches to assessment, instructional methods, social and physical environment designs as well as behavioral and discipline procedures.

  • Knowledge and skills in assessing the learning and language needs of culturally/linguistically diverse populations within the context of special education and gifted and talented referrals, placements and instructional programs.

  • Ability to modify or adapt curriculum to improve access for all secondary students including those with special education and gifted/talented needs.

  • Understanding of the value of the family role in educational partnerships; ability to collaborate with families to develop and implement Individual Educational Plans (IEP's).

  • Understanding when and how to address the social interaction for students with disabilities within the classroom or school site setting.

  • Develop a tolerance of opposing viewpoints and a willingness to listen to others.


Syllabus, Calendar and Key Concept Assignments

To download the Fall 2010 Syllabus for EDSP 433 click here:

Syllabus in PDF format
To download the Fall 2010 Class Calendar for EDSP 433 click here:
Calendar in PDF format
To download the Key Concept assignments click here:
Key Concept Assignments in PDF format


Electronic Materials for Class Activities


Assistive Technology- Supporting All Learners

Assistive Technology Scavenger Hunt

IEP Process Scavenger Hunt

Information Literacy Online Lesson

Online Learning Resources

Enhancing School Success with Mnemonic Strategies

Web Vocabulary Profiler

Study Guides and Strategies



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