Course Description

What exactly is special education and what are my responsibilities for students with disabilities as a regular classroom teacher? Like other students, those with disabilities are expected to make progress and it is the classroom teacher who is ultimately responsible for their achievement. But the world of special education is complex and not always easy to understand. This book explains everything a regular classroom teacher needs to know, including the laws that affect special education, what the classroom teacher’s responsibility is in the referral process and how to support students with disabilities after the evaluation for special education has been completed. This book is a must-read for teachers with students in their classrooms who have disabilities.  

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course educators will understand:

  • The federal laws that affect special education
  • The process of special education, including the pre-referral process, the referral process and after an evaluation has been completed
  • How to help students with disabilities prepare for post school life
  • Classroom management, service delivery options and grading practices as they relate to students with disabilities


This course is equivalent to EDSE 5949 and cannot be taken if EDSE 5949 has been successfully completed.
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Section Title
Book Study: A Teacher's Guide to Special Education
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $355.00
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 Teacher Study.

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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