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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EDA7238
Tracking Number - 2121

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive -
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: SCNS approved 4/7/09 - Changed Number from 7230 to 7238

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2008-07-02
  2. Department: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 173500
  5. Contact Person: Darlene Bruner
  6. Phone: 9746039
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EDA
  9. Number: 7238
  10. Full Title: Special Education Law and Policy Issues
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Special Education Law
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course is focused on the framework of special education law and its application in school systems.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Since 1983 when A Nation at Risk was released, the notions of school improvement and reform have been a national priority.Currently, policies that drive general and special education as well as ESOL, serve as an important catalyst for improving the outcom
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Doctoral students in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies would benefit from this course as well as doctoral students in Special Education.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, summer 2007.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Degree in Educational Leadership, Special Education or related field; Law coursework for Educational Leadership, experience in school administration, experience with ESE students
  29. Objectives: To provide students with information about legal issues in special education with an emphasis on developing legally sound and educationally useful policies and procedures.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. describe federal and state legal systems.

    2. describe the historical evolution of students with disabilities in terms of landmark litigation and legislation.

    3. cite important lawsuits concerning the right to a free and appropriate public education.

    4. discuss the provisions of P.L. 94-142 (and subsequent amendments) in terms of the schoolís, teachersí and parental rights and responsibilities.

    5. describe the component of a due process hearing; distinguish between substantive and procedural due process.

    6. discuss the implication of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act for educators, parents, and individuals with disabilities.

    7. explain the purpose of a due process hearing and mediation and to articulate the difference between issues that could be settled via the formal complaint procedure verses the due process procedure.

    8. respond to case studies depicting various compliance and non-compliance issues.

    9. be knowledgeable and familiar with Special Education terms and their meaning such as IEP, FAPE, Least Restrictive Environment, due process, hearings, identification, assessment and evaluations. knowledgeable and familiar with the best proactive strategies to avoid costly lawsuits and court ordered placements. use the tools of technology to access and gain political educational information and use it appropriately.

    12.recognize the legal and ethical rights of special populations, including the disabled and cultural, ethnic, language, and racial minorities

  31. Major Topics: History of the Law and Children with Disabilities

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    The Americans with Disabilities Act

    The No Child Left Behind Act

    Free Appropriate Public Education

    Identification, Assessment, and Evaluation

    Individualized Education Program

    Least Restrictive Environment

    Procedural Safeguards

    Major Changes of IDEA 2004

    Relevant Sections of the U.S. Constitution

    Pertinent Court Cases

    Florida Administrative Rules

  32. Textbooks: (One or more of these texts will anchor the course and address the standards assigned to this course).

    J.B. Crockett, L.W. Knowles, and E.D. Wedlock (2002). The Chronicle of Special Education Law: Cases and Commentary. Dayton, OH: Education Law Association.

    Yell, Mitchell L. (2006). The law and special education (2nd Ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

    Wright, Peter & Wright, Pamela (2005). Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004. Harbor House Law Press, Inc.

    Wright, Peter & Wright, Pamela (2005). Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind. Harbor House Law Press, Inc.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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