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
Gary Greene, PhD
Gary Greene, PhD, is a tenured full professor of special education at California State University, Long Beach, where he trains public school special education teachers in how to accommodate youth with special needs in general and special education classrooms. He has a strong background in teaching youth with disabilities, having worked as a resource specialist for 10 years in public schools. He also has an extensive list of publications and has conducted numerous local, state, national and international presentations on a variety of subjects related to special education.


39 minutes