Issues and Trends in Exceptionality – EDUC 721

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/04/2022

Course Description

A research oriented course that focuses on issues and trends that face the discipline of special education. The course utilizes research to analyze and examine through written discussions controversial issues in various areas of exceptionalities.

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


It is imperative that all educators are prepared to deal with the special needs of exceptional students. Ministering to those in need is the professional responsibility and the spiritual mandate for every Christian. Furthermore, it is necessary that doctoral-level students are able to investigate, interpret, and conduct research that leads to informed decision-making as it affects the education of those with disabilities.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The candidate will choose a position after doing the readings for both sides of the issue that week. The candidate will argue either for or against the topic for that module’s reading assignment. The candidate’s argument must be submitted in a thread of at least 300 words. For each thread, the candidate must support their assertions with at least two citations in current APA format. The candidate will then reply to a classmate with an opposing viewpoint using a coherent argument that is logical, properly formed in manner and respect, and coherent. Each reply must be at least 150 words and must include at least one source in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, and article reviews. (A, B, C, and F).

Journal Critiques (6)

The candidate is required to complete 6 Journal Critiques throughout the course. The candidate will choose an article aligned with the readings for the week but is encouraged to try to find an article that also supports the chosen research topic. Each critique must be 1–2 pages, must follow current APA style, and must be completed using the outline provided. (C, D, F).

Thesis Statement

The candidate must have an appropriate topic chosen for their Research Proposal, which will be used for the Literature Review. The candidate will then formulate a strong thesis statement. (C, E).

Research Proposal

The Research Proposal is intended to help the candidate begin thinking about appropriate research techniques. The research proposed must be related to the research topic. The candidate is not required to perform the research that is proposed here, nor does the candidate need to know the specific statistical analysis. The Research Proposal must be 3–5 pages and must follow current APA style. (C, E, F).

Literature Review

The candidate will write a 10–15-page Literature Review that utilizes 15–20 sources, primarily research journal articles, and follows current APA style. (C, D, E, F).