This course provides broad knowledge and skills in special education for candidates in all teacher education programs. It mainly covers: models, theories, etiology, philosophies, legal provisions, ethical and professional commitment, assessment and identification procedures and instructional strategies for students with exceptional learning needs. It also provides knowledge of different characteristics of learners with special needs and their educational implications. This course will stress adapting teaching strategies and differentiating instructions to meet the needs of individuals with exceptional learning needs. This course has a field-based component.