Special Educators on the IEP Team

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Picture of a special educator helping an elementary-school boy at a computer.September 2010

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At least one of the child’s special education teachers must be included in the IEP team, or, when appropriate, a special education provider of the child.



The child’s special education teacher has a lot to contribute at the IEP team meeting, including important information and experience about how to educate children with disabilities. Because of his or her training in special education, this teacher can talk about such issues as:

Beyond helping to write the IEP, the special educator has responsibility for working with the child to implement the IEP. He or she may:

  • work with the child in a resource room or special class devoted to children receiving special education services;
  • team teach with the child’s regular education teacher; and/or
  • work with other school staff, particularly the regular education teacher, to provide expertise about addressing the child’s unique needs.

Obviously, having the special educator at the table is a very important part of writing an appropriate IEP for a child with a disability.

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