EDS795 The Special Education Director (3 cr.)
In this course the core competencies specifically required by Minnesota of school district leaders for licensure as a director of special education are analyzed and applied. Among the topics are federal and state laws, rules and procedures governing special education: statutory regulations regarding board meeting procedures that affect special education governance; management of special education program models acceptable in Minnesota: processes and procedures for analyzing student and district data; and the use of and accounting procedures for various resource allocation models.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Identify and evaluate programs, resources, and agencies/organizations available to children with special needs and their families.
- Analyze and evaluate special education administrative and service models used in Minnesota, including provisions for needs assessment, program development/design, and assessment of outcomes.
- Identify and critique policies, procedures, and issues regulating special education services.
- Interpret state and federal regulations governing the monitoring of special education programs, including Minnesota’s Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process
- Interpret and apply key requirements of IDEA and No Child Left Behind legislation that affect special education students and programs.
- Analyze and recommend approaches to recruit, train, and retain highly qualified special education staff.
- Create strategies for relating to special education advocacy groups, including instructional staff, other district administrators, outside agencies, school board members, and Minnesota Department of Education.
- Describe and evaluate when to use assistive technologies and specialized instructional strategies to support special education programs and students.
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