Exceptional Child – PSYC 345

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

All major areas of exceptionality will be surveyed to provide undergraduate students a first contact with the field of exceptionality from infancy through adolescence. The focus is on theory, empirical research, and interventions related to behavioral, emotional, and cognitive disorders.


(PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


This course explores theoretical perspectives and empirical data on disorders in children from infancy through adolescence. Students will be introduced to salient concepts, research, and controversies in the field of exceptionality. This course will enhance students’ understanding of various disorders (e.g., etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, current research) and related interventions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of individual differences within the context of exceptional child psychology.
  2. Explain the major areas of developmental psychopathology including etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.
  3. Analyze current research in the field of exceptional child psychology as it relates to real-world applications.
  4. Create an intervention plan that synthesizes research and practical applications within a real-world context.
  5. Discuss a biblical worldview as related to critical issues surrounding children with disabilities and their families.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and be written in current APA format. The thread must include at least 1 textbook or research citation and 1 Bible citation. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be at least 300 words and be written in current APA format. The reply must include at least 1 textbook or research citation and 1 Bible citation (MLO A, B, C, E).

Mastery Training (12)

The student will complete each assigned Mastery Training knowledge quiz. Each Mastery Training will cover content from the chapter readings (MLO A, B, C).

Chapter Video Quizzes (9)

The student will watch a video for each assigned chapter and complete a brief quiz at the end of each video (MLO A, B, C).

Title Page and Reference List for Case Study Paper

The student will submit a title page and reference page with the 8 peer-reviewed articles (2010–present publication dates) that he/she plans on using for either his/her Case Study Paper. The title and reference page must be submitted in one document and in current APA format (MLO C).

Case Study Paper

The student will create a case study highlighting a disorder/ disability that interests him/her or with which he/she feels called to work. The student will discuss: risk and protective factors, etiology, prevalence, characteristics and prognosis for the chosen disorder/ disability; and recommend evidence based intervention approaches for working with the disorder. This assignment must be in current APA format and have a minimum of 5 current (2010–present publication dates), peer-reviewed/scholarly resources in addition to the textbook (MLO A, B, C, D, E).

Exams (8)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and have a 90-minute time limit. Exams 1–7 contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Exam 8 contains 24 multiple-choice and true/false questions (MLO A, B, C, E).