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HDFS 317 - Disabilities in Early Childhood Education Special Needs in Early Childhood

  • 3 credits
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Developmental and learning outcomes in young children with disabilities 0-8 years in the early childhood education context. Examine atypical development, inclusive education, strategies and intervention, and family partnerships relevant to early interventionists, educators, and related services, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, music therapy, and applied behavioral analysis.

Learning Objectives:

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

1. Describe and compare historical approaches to educational programs and services for children with disabilities in early childhood including current legislation and federally-funded programs.

2. Describe and apply knowledge of developmental delays and disabilities (e.g. developmental domains of motor, cognition, communication, social-emotional development and mental health) in early childhood.

3. Describe, compare, and apply knowledge of both informal and formal assessments appropriate to early childhood education for the following areas: motor, cognition, communication, social-emotional development, and mental health.

4. Identify and apply knowledge of the functions of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) including child and family goals, team collaboration, and plans for service delivery.

5. Apply current research on effective developmentally appropriate educational practices to teaching young children with disabilities.

6. Select appropriate educational materials and environments to meet the educational needs of children with various disabilities.

7. Describe and apply means of collecting data on children's progress.


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context)

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Aimee Kleisner Walker
Aimee Kleisner Walker

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Aimée Kleisner Walker is a member of our HDFS teaching faculty. Dr. Walker teaches both online and on-campus courses across the lifespan. Her research interests include Early childhood and elementary education; Early prevention and family support programs that address inequities among developmental opportunities; Science of teaching and learning in applied human sciences; Parenting across the lifespan.