Master's Degree - Option B - certified FCS teachers and professionals

Fall 2023 Course Information
Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom (Special Education)

Course Description
In this course, student learn about legal and ethical requirements for educating exceptional learners; identification, referral, and placement procedures; development and use of the Individualized Education Program; strategies for teaching and evaluating; and managing the academic and social behaviors of a range of exceptional and other at-risk learners in the secondary school.

Rick Picasso

Campus Coordinator

For course access questions, contact the teaching university’s campus coordinator. For enrollment questions, contact your home university campus coordinator.
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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


Exceptional Lives.
Turnbull, A.; Turnbull, R.; Wehmeyer, M.; and Shogren, K.
Edition: (2016)
Publisher: Pearson

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
Brown, P.C.; Roediger III, H.L. and McDaniel, M.A.
Edition: (2014)
ISBN: 978-0674-72901-9
Publisher: Massachusetts: Harvard University Press

Course Access
Approximately 2-3 weeks before the first day of class, the SDSU campus coordinator, Sarah (Heewon) Kim, will email course access information to visiting students. 
Your username and password for D2L will be the same when you first log in. For example, if your name is MaryJo McCullough, then your username will be MaryJo.McCullough and your password will be MaryJo.McCullough. Usernames and passwords are case sensitive and you will be required to change your password once you have logged in.
If you have trouble completing any of the steps above, forget your password, or have any questions, please contact the SDState Support Desk at 605-688-6776 for assistance.

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.


Textbook required:
Turnbull, A.; Turnbull, R.; Wehmeyer, M.; and Shogren, K. (2016) Exceptional Lives. Pearson;
Print ISBN 9780133589344, 013358934X;
eText ISBN: 9780133955972, 0133955974

Textbook optional:
Brown, P.C.; Roediger III, H.L. and McDaniel, M.A. (2014) Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; ISBN: 978-0674-72901-9.

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University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Shannon Spencer is a graduate student in the agricultural education program.The Great Plains IDEA program has allowed me the flexibility to continue my education while also being a full-time extension agent and mother to twin boys. The program has given me the opportunity to interact with students and teaching professionals from various universities that I may have never met. This program has allowed me to focus not only on my education but also on my profession and family and for that, I will be forever grateful.

– – Shannon Spencer, Agricultural Education Master's Degree Student,
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