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Culture and Special Education


   In 1.5, 3.0 or 4.5 continuing education units


Course Description:

Working with multicultural students in special education has always been a challenge for educators. Cultural differences, understanding of services offered and aspirations for the students can vary between teachers and parents. Students in this course will learn how to improve their relationships with families and students, develop Individualized Education Plans that include family values and assist students in reaching their academic potential and learn life skills that will increase their self-sufficiency. Several case studies are included in the text to help students learn the process of cultural reciprocity.


Goals and Objectives

As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1. Understand the cultural underpinnings of special education

2. Compare and contrast various definitions of the term “disability” and the implications for professionals and families

3. Discover personal and cultural biases and beliefs concerning special education

4. Learn cultural differences regarding: the role of the education professional, meaning of independence, role of society and group membership, parenting styles, medical practice, meaning of individualism, role of work and parental/professional expectations

5. Build and enhance parent-professional relationships in the school environment

6. Apply the four steps of cultural reciprocity to specific case studies

7. Learn how to write IEPs that reflect realization of the student’s academic potential, self sufficiency and independence for activities of daily living.



The required text is:

Kalyanpur, M. and Harry, B. (2012). Cultural reciprocity in special education. Baltimore, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co