To increase participant’s knowledge of foundations of exceptional student education as outlined in the following Exceptional Student Educator Competencies revised in 2009:
- Identify state and federal legislation and case law that have affected the education of students with disabilities.
- Identify appropriate practices based on legal and ethical standards (e.g., due process, procedural safeguards, confidentiality, access to general education, least restrictive environment, transition planning, free appropriate public education).
- Demonstrate knowledge of the required policies and processes for developing individual education plans (IEPs), individualized family service plans (IFSPs), and transition IEPs.
- Identify the classification systems and eligibility criteria under the current Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
- Compare the development and characteristics (e.g., language, cognitive-academic, social-emotional, sensory, physical-motor) of children with disabilities to the development and characteristics of children without disabilities.
- Interpret curriculum information and assessment data for IEP and child study team members.
- Identify models of support for assisting students with disabilities in accessing the general education curricula.
- Identify the purposes and functions of professional and advocacy organizations relevant to educating students with disabilities.
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