Special Education Law and Practice
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states that receive federal funding to provide a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities. The law has had a pervasive impact on our educational system. In this course, students will examine the history and purposes of the IDEA and its statutory and regulatory framework. Topics covered will include the history of the IDEA, the definition of special education and related services, placement in the least restrictive environment, parental placement rights, discipline of students with disabilities, eligibility for special education and related services, the process for identifying and evaluating students with disabilities, the creation and role of the Individualized Education Program in providing a free appropriate public education, the IDEA administrative process, and litigating special education cases in federal court. During the course, students will participate in a multi-stage special education roleplay exercise.
This upper level substantive course examines the history, legal framework and application of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Note: This is offered as a 2 credit or a 3 credit course. Check specific semester registration materials.