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EDUC 573 Inclusion in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
Provides early childhood teachers with the information they need about children with diverse educational needs. Recognizing the need to serve diverse populations of young children in typical settings, course focuses on assisting teachers to modify their classrooms and educational practices to better meet the needs of children. Students examine the rationale for inclusive early childhood settings as well as characteristics of children with disabilities, children who are at-risk, and children who are gifted. Identifying and evaluating children, planning and modifying the learning environment, creating a positive social environment, and working with parents are discussed. Field experiences are designed to facilitate the application of course content.