Foundation of Special and Inclusive Education

This course is designed to equip the pre-service teachers with knowledge and understanding of the different philosophies, theories, legal bases, and policies of special needs and inclusive education. It includes the study of typical and atypical development of children, learning characteristics of students with special educational needs (gifted and talented learners, learners with difficulty seeing, learners with difficulty hearing, learners with difficulty communicating, learners with difficulty walking/moving, learners with difficulty remembering and focusing, learners with difficulty with self-care) and those in difficult circumstances. Pre-service teachers will be provided with skills in the selection of a variety of differentiated strategies in teaching, assessing, and managing students with special educational needs in a regular class. They will also be provided with knowledge of policies, guidelines, and procedures that provide safe and secure learning environments, and teaching strategies that are inclusive of learners from indigenous groups.