Course Description

Despite the prevalence of students with disabilities in the general education classroom, few teachers receive training on how to meet these students’ needs or how to navigate the legally mandated processes enumerated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). What is a general education teacher’s role? What are their responsibilities? What must they do to ensure students with disabilities and other special needs receive the quality education they’re entitled to? This course provides a comprehensive look at special education law and processes and provides a guide to instructional best practices for the inclusive classroom. Topics include the prereferral, referral and evaluation processes, IEP’s, accommodations, transitions from pre-K to post high school, classroom management and student behavior, instructional strategies and delivery options, and assessment and grading. This is an indispensable course for general education teachers.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: A Teacher's Guide to Special Education
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $305.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, Bateman, D.F., & Cline, J.L. (2016).  ASCD:  Alexandria, VA.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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