Dec 10, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

PSY 214 - Psychology of the Exceptional Child

Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 0 Credits: 3

Description: This course is a study of the growth, development and training of exceptional children, including children with disabilities and the gifted. Law and court cases affecting children with exceptionalities are covered in this course, including, but not limited to, the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY 201  with a minimum grade of C.
Course Topics:
  • Historical perspective
  • Disabilities
  • Gifted/talented
  • Intervention strategies
  • Legal issues
  • Labeling
  • Assessment
  • Supports
  • Diversity
  • Family issues

Textbook information can be found on the Book Inn website
Required Materials:
  • None

Grading System:
An overall grade of C or higher is required for transferability.

A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F =   0 - 59

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe characteristics of children with various disabilities.
  2. Discuss factors related to children who are gifted and/or talented.
  3. Trace the development of services to children with exceptionalities from a historical perspective.
  4. Explain legal issues pertaining to children with exceptionalities.
  5. Describe how issues related to diversity and the family impact persons with exceptionalities.
  6. Demonstrate selected teaching/treatment strategies useful in working with exceptional children.
  7. Identify resources to assist children with special needs.

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  • Identity Verification
  • Required materials for all online courses
  • Mandatory Attendance Requirement
  • Orientation and Support
  • Proctored Exams

Standard SCC Course Policies:
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  • Academic Integrity
  • Add/Drop period
  • Attendance
  • Classroom Conduct
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  • IT Access
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  • Services For Students with Disabilities
  • Student Concerns
  • Student Help Services
  • Withdrawals

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