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disAbility Studies

wheelchair sportsWhat Does it Look Like to Minor in disAbility Studies at Concordia?

One in four American adults lives with a disAbility, so it's important to understand how to work with individuals who have disAbilities. The disAbility Studies minor at Concordia University Texas prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with individuals with disAbilities.

Program Overview

Housed in the College of Education, the disAbility Studies minor is open to all undergraduate students.

The minor is designed to complement any undergraduate major and prepare students to address injustices, exclusions and misapprehensions regarding disAbilities through advocacy, education and historical awareness.

Program Sheet

Curriculum Overview for the disAbility Studies Minor

The disAbility Studies Minor consists of 18 credit hours (6 courses) and can be completed in just four semesters. The minor can be added to any undergraduate major, but it does not lead to special education certification.

Here are some highlighted courses:

Intro to Exceptional Learners: This course focuses on the foundation of exceptionalities. Students will explore basic theories and concepts related to the identification and classification of exceptional learners from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as the legislation and litigation to support individuals with disAbilities.

Language & Intercultural Communication: Students will focus on language and communication disorders as they relate to oral language development of the exceptional learner from diverse cultural backgrounds. The course highlights theoretical models of language acquisitions; factors that impact language development of individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; intercultural language differences and their impact on mainstream communicative competence; and the nature, causes and prevention of language, speech and hearing disorders.

Consultation & Collaboration: This course is designed to increase awareness of the framework and rationale for collaboration, the facilitating factors involved and strategies for implementation. The main emphasis of the course is on understanding collaborative consultation as a process that enables people with diverse expertise to work together to generate solutions for inclusiveness in the work and school environments. The course will also stress the effective use of verbal, non-verbal and written language and the understanding of cultural responsiveness that promotes effective communication and collaboration with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Methods for Teaching the Exceptional Learner: The course is designed to address instructional strategies and issues to teach learners with behavioral and/or learning disAbilities; intellectual and developmental disAbilities; and the organization of special classes and curriculum adaptation. Pre-service candidates will identify sources of specialized materials, curricula and resources for individuals with disAbilities as well as basic classroom management, theories and strategies. There will be particular emphasis on methods for culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional learners. This course requires fieldwork.

disAbility Studies - 18 credit hours

  • SPED 3301 Intro to Exceptional Learners
  • SPED 3302 Language & Intercultural Communication Issues
  • SPED 3303 Assessment for Diverse Learners
  • SPED 3304 Consultation & Collaboration for Exceptional Learners
  • SPED 4305 Methods for Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • SPED 43XX Behavior & Social Skills Management


Why minor in disAbility Studies?

In America, 25 percent of adults live with a disAbility. Regardless of your vocation, it's important to understand how to work effectively with individuals who have disAbilities.

The minor also offers students the opportunity to seek a graduate degree in education or become licensed.

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