There are more than 80,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District who receive special education services, and this number continues to grow. The size of the special needs population means that teachers in inclusion classrooms, special needs classrooms, and mainstream classrooms all need the skills and knowledge to teach and support special needs students.


This course includes relevant topics, strategies, and helpful practices designed to give participants the edge to best serve students with special needs. In this course, participants will learn about the thirteen major types of disabilities, the laws governing special education, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process, and best practices for working with special needs students and their families. After finishing the course, learners will be equipped with actionable strategies to support the instruction, social/emotional development, and assessment of special needs students.