Back to Basics: Special Education Law

Back to Basics: Special Education Law Series

Back to Basics: Special Education Law was developed from a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education and the Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems. The Back to Basics: Special Education Law series is designed to support Virginia school divisions in the professional development of teachers and division personnel on basic special education laws and regulations. The following modules and associated documents provide introductory information on special education compliance.

Please click on the video to watch each module and then click on the quiz button below to take the quiz for that module. If you successfully pass the quiz you will see a link to access your certificate, which you can download and/or print and fill in with your name and the date.

Note that if you have any problems with the videos or quizzes for the Back to Basics modules, please email CIEES@odu.edu.

Hot Topics

Interruption of Services

Wondering what to do when vacancies or shortages of teachers affect your capacity to deliver special education and related services? Watch our Module on Interruption of Services.

Watch Video

Module 1

Introduction to Special Education

This module focused on understanding special education laws and regulations.

Watch Video

Module 2

Eligibility

This module focused on promoting a better understanding of how students are identified for special education services under IDEA.

Watch Video

Module 3

Management of Student Records

This module focused on the management of students’ educational records.

Watch Video

Module 4

Progress Monitoring

This module focused on establishing and maintaining compliance for reporting students’ progress on their IEPs.

Watch Video

Module 5

Writing Transition-Focused IEPs for Secondary Students

This module focused on the process of preparing students with IEPs for life after high school.

Watch Video

Module 6

Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education: Supporting Young Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities

This module focused on early intervention and early childhood special education services for young children with delays and disabilities.

Watch Video

Module 7

Interruption of Services

This module focused on compliance with special education laws and regulations when vacancies or shortages of teachers or special education service providers affect your capacity to deliver special education and related services.

Watch Video

Module 8

Least Restrictive Environment

This module focused on the principle of the least restrictive environment for the educational placement of students with disabilities.