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EDUC 2110. Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (3-1-3) This course engages students in observations, interactions, and analyses of critical and contemporary educational issues. Students will investigate issues influencing the social and political contexts of educational settings in Georgia and the United States. Students will actively examine the teaching profession from multiple vantage points both within and outside the school. Against this backdrop, students will reflect on and interpret the meaning of education and schooling in a diverse culture and examine the moral and ethical responsibilities of teaching in a democracy. (Course fee required.)

EDUC 2120. Exploring Socio-Cultural Contexts on Diversity in Educational Settings (3-0-3) Given the rapidly changing demographics in our state and country this course is designed to equip future teachers with the fundamental knowledge of understanding culture and teaching children from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, this course is designed to examine 1) the nature and function of culture; 2) the development of individual and group cultural identity; 3) definitions and implications of diversity, and 4) the influences of culture on learning, development, and pedagogy.

EDUC 2130. Exploring Learning and Teaching (2-2-3) Explore key aspects of learning and teaching through examining your own learning processes and those of others, with the goal of applying your knowledge to enhance the learning of all students in a variety of educational setting and contexts. (Course fee required.)

SPED 2155. Nature and Characteristics of Children with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (3-0-3) Corequisite: SPED 2405. Definitions, characteristics, causes, and possible preventions of mild and moderate disabilities. Issues regarding educational programming for children and youth with mild and moderate disabilities including assessment, identification, placement, and development of individualized education plans. Implications and accommodations for successful participation in the general education classroom and curriculum. Historical, legal, philosophical, social, learning, and cognitive aspects of mild and moderate disabilities, including the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity.

SPED 2405. Classroom Practicum in Mild and Moderate Disabilities (0-4-2) Corequisite: SPED 2155. Guided observation of individuals with mild and moderate disabilities within a classroom setting. Review of policies and procedures related to educational programming for mildly and moderately disabled children and youth. Emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the special education teacher. (S/U Grading). (Course fee required.)

SPED 2256. Introduction to the Exceptional Learner in General Education (3-1-3) For prospective and practicing teachers. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of learner with disabilities in general education programs. Required adaptations and modifications, and available resources and services for these learners are stressed. 30 hours field experience required. (Course fee required.)