This course examines the educational challenges and related challenges students (K-12) with documented learning difficulties may encounter. The history and current philosophy of special education services in the United States will be reviewed. Laws governing individuals and students with documented learning challenges and disabilities along with the implications for educating these students will be presented and discussed. The roles and responsibilities of the teacher, paraeducator and members of the IEP team will be examined. Teaching methods, appropriate accommodations and modifications for the curriculum related to special education will be presented and discussed. Students will research a specific educational challenge and will be required to complete 8-10 hours of observation in a public school or other approved setting.