Art and Diverse Learners

Examine the history, laws, and perspectives surrounding special education to increase learning and engage diverse learners in the art room.

3 Credits|8 Weeks|$1275

Although undergraduate art education programs may require one class focused on special education basics, preservice teachers often remain underprepared to meet the diverse needs of the learners they will encounter. With over 14 percent of public school students in the U.S. receiving special education services (NECE, 2021), art educators face a wide range of student needs. This course will introduce art teachers to the history of special education and special education laws defining the rights and responsibilities of both art teachers and their students. Prepare to dig deeper to learn how understanding disability and special education can strengthen the learning process for all students. Participants will examine multiple perspectives on disability, their impact on teaching and learning, and gain a practical understanding of the terms, strategies, and attitudes in the classroom that affect arts learning and the engagement of diverse learners.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)


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