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Springfield, Massachusetts


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MSSW 656

School Social Work and the Education of Exceptional Children

This course provides an overview of social work practice in public education settings. It furnishes information on the historical roots of school social work with a strong emphasis on the diverse roles and skills required to work effectively with many stakeholders. Since many school social workers are funded under the auspices of special education, this course examines the historical background information related to the field of special education legislation and litigation. It reviews the components necessary for effective collaboration and consultation with parents, school personnel and other professionals. The course will primarily focus on the definition and characteristics of exceptionalities with an emphasis on understanding the growth and development of exceptional children who include both disabled and gifted and talented children. Particular attention is given to the role of the school social worker and teachers in identifying, planning for and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom

Units: 3.0