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Special Education Program Administration

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This course is designed to provide educational leaders with information and strategies for administering the legal requirements related to providing an inclusive education to students with special needs. Participants receive a practical guide to the history, laws, and policies of special education, as well as the steps involved in the referral and evaluation processes from response to intervention (RTI) through the development of individualized education programs (IEPs) and transition plans. Another focus addresses the roles, responsibilities, and relationships that parents/guardians and advocates have within processes to ensure appropriate services are provided to a diverse population. Budget management for special education programs is also examined.

This graduate-level course is 4 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4

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    Staff, Outside Service Providers, Families, and Advocates for Special Education

    • Evaluate effective family involvement that fosters positive engagement in education.
    • Review the importance of early intervention, including services for children from infancy to 5 years old.
    • Discuss the legal aspects of family involvement in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and through IDEA 2004 legislation.
    • Describe when an advocate might be used in the special education process.
    • Describe the individual roles and responsibilities for serving special needs students.
    • Create a plan for building relationships with professional and paraprofessional educators in the school to serve special needs students.
    • Identify outside service providers.

    Budgets and Program Evaluation

    • Evaluate how special education budgets should be managed to promote adequacy, equity, and excellence.
    • Analyze how to evaluate a special education program to ensure effectiveness and legal compliance.
    • Identify best practices for administering a special education program.
    • Summarize the challenges school leaders face in administering special education programs.

    History, Law, and Policy

    • Summarize the evolution of special education.
    • Analyze laws that affect special education.
    • Define the role of due process in special education.
    • Demonstrate the application of laws and policies pertaining to diverse learners with exceptional learning needs.

    Referral and Evaluation

    • Identify possible needs for interventions related to student learning.
    • Illustrate the response to intervention (RTI) process.
    • Analyze the steps of the individualized education program (IEP) process.
    • Explain the appropriateness of a 504 accommodation plan.
    • Describe the purpose of the individualized transition plan (ITP).
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