This book is about special education. It is designed to prepare the professional educator to effectively teach the exceptional children in the primary and secondary classroom. It provides information about special education including those considered handicapped as well as the gifted and talented students. Educating exceptional children is an introductory text for those who will work with exceptional children: prospective special and regular primary and secondary school teachers, counselors, psychologists, in-service counselors, other professionals such as rehabilitation personnel and parents. The most important development in special education has been the movement to integrate exceptional children into the regular education program to the greatest degree possible. The special needs of these children have become the shared responsibility of regular education teachers, counselors, psychologists, and other members of the educational team including parents of exceptional children. This text is intended to assist in the preparation of those individuals for their roles in meeting the needs of exceptional children in modern society.