Introduction to Special Education
11/02 - 11/15
This course focuses on the special education process from legal, educational, and societal perspectives. In this course, participants learn about legal safeguards and services afforded to children with education and other disabilities. These include Child – Find mandates, the process of referring children for screening, requirements for evaluation and categories of disability identification, Individualized Education Program (IEP) development, how placement is determined along with the concepts of least restrictive environment, and inclusion. Federal and state laws are explained including the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004), the Federal Anti – Discrimination Legislation of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and the Improving America’s Schools Act (Title I). Parental roles and rights are highlighted, as well as the role of the educational surrogate and foster parents. Participants will review and discuss the most current educational policies including Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which replaces No Child Left Behind and became effective September 2017.