Prepares early childhood professionals to teach young children with exceptional needs as well as collaborate with their families in an early childhood classroom or community based special education environment. Provides an overview of special education history, theory, models and laws pertaining to young children. This course includes the different exceptional needs young children may have as well as behavioral techniques designed to address them. Disabilities reviewed in this course will include but are not limited to developmental delay, autism, visual, hearing, and physical impairment, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, and Down syndrome. This course provides the learner with an understanding of inclusion, community integration, and family/professional collaboration.