Special education process

Special education process

As an elementary-level general education teacher, you are the person most likely to alert other professionals about a student you suspect may have a disability. For this reason, it is important that you know and understand the laws and policies that govern the process involved with special education.

This 2-part assignment provides you the opportunity to take a deep dive into the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as the rights of learners and parents, and the responsibilities of teachers. Complete Parts 1 and 2 below.

Part 1: Special Education Resource 

Create a 375- to 525-word informational resource that addresses the following topics in relation to special education:

  • Special education process
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), to include the Child Find mandate
  • Disability categories for special education eligibility

Part 2: Rights, Responsibilities, and Standards of Practice Presentation 

Research the following topics in relation to special education:

  • Federal and state involvement
  • Legal structures that govern programs
  • Laws that address learners’ and parental rights
  • Teacher expectations and responsibilities
  • Professional standards of practice


  • Create a 6- to 8-slide presentation using a presentation tool in the Technology Resource Library.
  • The tool must be approved by your instructor.

Address the following in your presentation:

  • Laws or policies related to learners’ and parental rights in special education
  • Teacher expectations and responsibilities for working with students with disabilities
  • Professional best practice strategies for the following:
  • Advocating to meet the needs of all learners
  • Promoting learners to meet full potential
  • Demonstrating respect for learners as individuals with differing personal and family backgrounds and various skills, abilities, and interests
  • Demonstrating collaboration with learners, families, and colleagues

Include the following elements in your presentation:

  • Title or introduction slide
  • Slide style that complements content
  • Minimum of 2 functional components (e.g., audio clip, visual graphic, or link)