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KERI0210 Foundations of special needs education, 5 ECTS cr. / 3 Cr. 
Code KERI0210  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Foundations of special needs education  Abbreviation Foundations of 
Credits5 ECTS cr. / 3 Cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeBasic studies Subject0105 Special Pedagogy 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Education 

Tanja Äärelä 

General learning material of the study object:
Author Title Year Obligatory Availability
     Moberg, S., Hautamäki, J., Kivirauma, J., Lahtinen, U., Savolainen, H. & Vehmas, S.  Erityispedagogiikan perusteet  2015  - Availability
     Jahnukainen, Markku  Lasten erityishuolto ja -opetus Suomessa   2012  - Availability


Upon a successful completion of the course, the student will have an idea of different understandings of special educational needs. The student will be able to describe the common opportunities for and challenges to learning and participation through various perspectives.


The course consists of an introduction to special education as a field of research. The philosophy and values of diversity will be discussed.  The Finnish system of special education will be introduced and special education practice explored.



Lectures 12 h.
School visit 3 h
Independent studies 65 h


Lecture and literature examination.

More literature information and extra material 

Farrell, M. 2010 Debating Special Education. London: Routledge.
Florian, L. 2014 (ed.) The SAGE Handbook of Special Education. Vol 1 & 2. London: Sage Publications Ltd.)




First period
Third period




University lecturer, special needs education

Language of instruction 



Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type ECTS cr. Teacher Schedule
Reg. time is off. Introduction to Special Education  Virtual study  Tanja Äärelä 
02.09.21thu 16.00-19.00
07.09.21tue 16.00-20.00
09.09.21thu 16.00-20.00
14.09.21tue 16.00-20.00
16.09.21thu 16.00-20.00
21.09.21tue 16.00-19.00
23.09.21thu 16.00-18.00

Upcoming exams
No exams.