Exceptional Child – PSYC 345

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/30/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 400 words and be written in current APA format. The thread must include at least 1 textbook, 1 research, and 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).

Homework Assignments (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).

Quizzes: Video Activities (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).

The student will submit a title page and reference page formatted according to current APA student standards. Both the title page and reference page must be submitted in one document. Formatting should comply with current APA standards. (MLO C).

The student will submit an annotated bibliography containing a 150-word annotation for each of 5 peer-reviewed journal articles. Formatting should comply with current APA standards. (MLO C).

Research Paper: Final Submission Assignment

The student will write a research paper examining a disorder/disability of interest or which he/she feels called to work. This assignment must be in current APA format, citing a minimum of 10 current (past 5 year), peer-reviewed, scholarly sources in addition to the textbook and the Bible (MLO A, B, C, D, E).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz covers the Learn material for each assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 90-minute time limit to answer 24 multiple-choice and true/false questions. (MLO A, B, C, E).