E T S Praxis Series

Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge (0353)

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Topics Covered

Descriptions of each of the content areas covered by the test are provided below. For each content area, the approximate percentage of examination questions pertaining to that area is shown. Not every subtopic in a given content area appears on any one form of the test, but every form of the test contains questions on a broad range of subtopics.

Current section: I. Understanding Exceptionalities

I. Understanding Exceptionalities

  1. Human development and behavior as related to students with disabilities, including
    1. social and emotional development and behavior
    2. language development and behavior
    3. cognition
    4. physical development, including motor and sensory
  1. Characteristics of students with disabilities, including the influence of
    1. cognitive factors
    2. affective and social-adaptive factors, including cultural, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic factors
    3. genetic, medical, motor, sensory, and chronological age factors
  1. Basic concepts in special education, including
    1. definitions of all major categories and specific disabilities, as well as the incidence and prevalence of various types of disabilities
    2. the causation and prevention of disability
    3. the nature of behaviors, including frequency, duration, intensity, and degrees of severity
    4. the classification of students with disabilities; labeling of students; ADHD; the implications of the classification process for the persons classified, etc.
    5. the influence of level of severity and presence of multiple exceptionalities on students with disabilities
  1. The influence of (an) exceptional condition(s) throughout an individual's life span