Course Descriptions

PSY 261 - The Psychology of Learning and Behavior Disorders

3 Credits

This course introduces students to the field of learning and behavior disorders. It is designed for those interested in recognizing and understanding learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, conduct disorders, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, emotional disorders, and physical impairments that impact learning. The course will cover biological and psychosocial risk factors, current theoretical approaches to the development of disorders, and education and intervention strategies. Successful completion of the course’s autism unit provides State Education Department certification in Training in the Needs of Students with Autism. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Compare and contrast the major theoretical approaches used to understand learning and behavior disorders.
2. Identify how the interaction of biological and psychosocial factors influences the development of learning and behavior disorders.
3. Recognize various assessment techniques used to diagnose learning and behavior disorders.
4. Differentiate among the laws and legislation that govern the education of individuals with special needs.
5. Compare and contrast key characteristics of specific learning and behavior disorders and physical disabilities that impact learning.
6. Evaluate the effectiveness of various educational and psychological intervention strategies used to assist individuals with special needs.
7. Analyze critical current issues within the field and their impact on individuals with special needs.
8. Apply key course concepts, which may include theoretical approaches, educational interventions, or behavior management strategies, to the education of individuals with special needs.
9. Demonstrate satisfactory understanding of the needs of students with autism in compliance with state certification requirements.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Fall Semester 2018
Intersession 2019
Spring Semester 2019