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This course will provide a foundation in the principles of special needs advocacy, with an emphasis on practical application of the fundamental legal requirements that drive special needs education. Many educators who work with special needs students are skilled at implementing classroom strategies and adapting curriculum to help those who are struggling. Teachers and other professionals are often familiar with an IEP or 504 Plan, but may be relying on the school administration to interpret the why and how of educational plan development for special needs students. The purpose of this course is to give educators and others working with special needs students an understanding of why special needs identification and planning works the way it does, and how to maximize effectiveness by writing S.M.A.R.T. goals and choosing appropriate accommodations and modifications.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 set the stage for identifying and programming for students with educational disabilities. Course participants will learn about the IEP process and about 504 Plans, and using their knowledge of the rights and entitlements granted by the aforementioned special education laws will become better advocates for the needs of their students.
Educators will benefit from this course by developing a deeper understanding of how to navigate the special needs process and utilize best practices to develop specific and measurable outcomes for their students
Course Objectives: Participants will
Texts, Readings, Instructional Resources:
Totally online- no additional textbooks required.
Students will be required to:
Reflective Journal Exercises (16)
On-Line Forum Assignments (19)
Credit: Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.
Contact Information: info@CECreditsOnline.org or 425-788-7275 Ext 104