Department of Special Education
SPED 101: Orientation to Special Education (3 credit hours)
Ellen M. Long, Ph.D.
Monday 9:00 – 10:00,
Wednesday 9:00-11:00 Friday 1:00 – 3:00
Please use SPED 101 as subject
3 Gerhart Hall
Department of Special Education Mission Statement
Prepare educators to facilitate an empowered and unified P-12 learning community to be successful in the world of people
through respect, collaboration, mutuality and the realization of each individual gift.
MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY Professional Education Unit Conceptual Framework - Abstract
All members of the Millersville University’s Professional Education Unit will create learning communities of inquiry and
action, focus on students, and demonstrate exemplary professional practices.
Learning Communities of Inquiry and Action:
We will engage in learning communities in which reflection,
collaboration, lifelong learning, and habits of mind are developed and nurtured.
Focus on Students:
We will balance knowledge and the principles and concepts delineated in professional and state
standards with an appreciation of all students’ individuality, diversity, and cultures.
Exemplary Professional Practices:
We will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of exemplary
We will have strong competence in our content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and skills
as delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards.
We will demonstrate professional dispositions or
standards of conduct, will be supportive of students, families, and the school and community, and will serve as
catalysts for positive and responsible change.
To view the full text of the Conceptual Framework, visit the School of Education web page linked to Millersville University’s
An introductory course for Special Education majors and other students interested in individuals with disabilities
emphasizing various practical and theoretical aspects of the field. Included are historical considerations, educational and
developmental needs of individuals with disabilities, special education programs, services, resources, and materials. In
addition, practical exposure to individuals with disabilities will be emphasized.
As a result of the experiences in the course, students will:
Briefly describe a historical account of the treatment of exceptional individuals including the aspects of
workshop, extermination, ridicule, asylum, education, rehabilitation and hospitalization.
Define functional exceptionalities in children.
Discuss and evaluate basic educational needs of the intellectually different, the physically different, the culturally