This course covers the foundations of special education to include its history, classifications of exceptionalities, and current practices and issues. Emphasis is placed upon the field of knowledge requirements to include rights of persons with disabilities and state and federal legislation. The role of legislation, funding, programs, and technology in special education will be examined. Parent and family involvement, alternative settings for special needs students, and mainstreaming/inclusion will be studied. Educational leadership, special education program management, professional development, and equity in special education will be highlighted. PREREQUISITE(S): Initial Licensure in Special Education, enrollment in graduate program in School Administration, EDC401.