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This short format course introduces students to the content of the Early Childhood General and Special Education program. Central to the program are a number of concepts, including progressive and special education, family-centered practice, child-centered curriculum, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Students will be exposed to the idea of play as the young child's way of knowing and being in the world. They will also be introduced to observation, culturally responsive assessment, curriculum and instruction as a dynamic cycle supporting educational practice with young children of varied backgrounds and developmental needs. Through readings, presentations, case studies and discussion, students cultivate the habits of mind and collaborative learning relationships necessary for responsive practice with young children and their families.