This course will broaden the student’s awareness of the theoretical and legal foundations for programs serving young children from infancy through age eight with a wide range of special education needs. Students will examine the causes, symptoms, social consequences and behavior characteristics of children with special needs. Emphasis will be on education for children and their families. Disabilities and special needs, theoretical foundations and practical implications, legal requirements, rights and procedures are discussed. Observation in a childcare center or preschool setting is a requirement of this course.