Class Overview

Education of the Exceptional Child

Summer 2011

Cylathia Daniel, Ed. D.
USAO, Deaf Education
1727 W Alabama
Chickasha, OK 73018
405-574-1241 (office)


This course examines the characteristics of all learners as well as educational programs for students with multiple learning modalities. Emphasis will be placed on differentiated instruction and response to intervention and support services available in the US and the UK. A variety of field experiences will supplement class activities and guest speakers. Undergraduate students will select a related area of special interest for further intensive research. Graduate students will prepare an article to be submitted for publication.


The student will demonstrate the ability to:

  •  articulate the basic tenants and identify the impact on public education legislation affecting students in the US and the UK
  • describe appropriate inclusionary strategies and the importance of collaboration among educators, parents and other service providers
  • compare and contrast the educational systems of the US and UK with respect to: 

1.      public vs. private education

2.      education of students with exceptionalities

3.      educational equity for all learners

4.      teacher preparation programs/practices



Class attendance is required of all students.  It is important for each student to be actively involved in all aspects of the academic program.  Grades will drop by one letter grade for each event (lecture or field trip) missed.


Professionalism is required.  Evidence of emerging awareness and understanding of the ethics and professionalism expected of teachers is essential.  Professional behavior on the part of the student is expected in all interactions and activities associated with this class.  Up to 5 points may be added or up to 15 points deducted for unprofessional behavior.  Examples of unprofessional behavior include:  chronic absenteeism or tardiness, late work, lack of preparation, lack of participation or inappropriate dress.



Students will keep a journal on all aspects of the course. Journals will be turned in for review on three evenings. It is acceptable for students to work together to make sure everyone understood the topics being discussed but journals should be original work. Socratic discussion groups will be led by the instructor and/or graduate level students at least once a week. Attendance to the discussion group is mandatory and will be considered a class if missed and will result in the loss of a letter grade. 

Graduate students will also submit no less than 4 lesson plans spanning at least 3 days worth of lessons. Subject/grade level are left to the discretion of the student but should have a viable connection to the subject of the discussions or activities at the time.


Periodic exams will be administered throughout the semester.  Exam questions will reflect content from lectures, field trips, guest speakers and assigned readings. The journal will be allowed as an aide for the test. Exams may not always be of a pencil/paper format.


All students will specify an area of extended research before the end of the course.  Students will work with the professor to determine an appropriate topic of study.  The final day for setting the research topic will be announced. No topic changes will be accepted after leaving the UK.

Undergraduate students will be expected to produce a report or project of at least 10 pages in length or equivalent.

Graduate students will submit an article ready for submission to a professional journal and a list of at least 4 possible journals for submission. Length of the article will depend on the submission requirements of the individual journals being considered.


Grades will be based on examinations, journal writings, the research assignment and class attendance.