The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of early childhood special education, including historical perspectives; rationale; normal and exceptional development (including learning disabilities; attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder; emotional and behavior disorders; intellectual and developmental disabilities; speech and language disorders; deafness and hearing loss; visual impairments; autism spectrum disorders; physical and health disabilities; severe and multiple disabilities; gifted and talented); etiology; identification and assessment; characteristics; service delivery approaches; educational considerations/accommodations/modifications; program models; teaming; working with families, including culturally diverse populations; research; and current issues in ECSE and ECU. Working with infants and toddlers with special needs and their families (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - IDEA); Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP), as well as Individual Education Plans (IEP), and on preschoolers age 3-5 with special needs (Part B, Section 619 of the IDEA), the course also includes information on children age 6-8 with disabilities (Part B for children and youth 6-21). This is due to the fact that early childhood encompasses a huge developmental spread--from birth to age eight, yet part B of IDEA covers age 3 ? 21.