Special Education Introduction: Elementary

Special Education Introduction: Elementary

Special education requires coordination between administrators, educators, and parents. This course gives you a visual roadmap for elementary education. Beginning with an overview of IDEA, including the key elements of FAPE and LRE, you’ll be given a clear picture of the basics of legal compliance. Next you’ll learn about the various categories of student disabilities identified in IDEA. Eligibility and referral are outlined in 7 simple steps to illustrate the referral and placement process. IEP’s are addressed by looking at the key components and you’ll benefit from seeing sample IEP goals. The course concludes with a sweeping overview of the many ways that collaboration is embedded and essential throughout the special education process.

Course Authors
Kim Sax Halley
Kim Sax Halley has worked in the field of disabilities for over 30 years as a district administrator, rehabilitation administrator, staff mentor and therapist. She has worked in a variety of settings including medical, private practice and educational. Ms. Halley has also provided professional development at the national, state and local level. Ms. Halley has recently retired as the executive director of Inclusive Education for a large school district in Washington State where she worked with building administrators and staff to create a more inclusive district culture for students with disabilities.


39 minutes