A special education foundation course that provides an introductory overview of special education and the characteristics and learning needs of school-age children with exceptionalities. An approved field experience is required. This a prerequisite course for most courses required for special education licensure. It can be taken simultaneously with SPED 5650, SPED 5715, and/or ED 5201. Prerequisites: ED 5100, ED 5110, ED 5350, and passing scores on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) Basic Skills Test.