SUBJECT AREA: Inclusion
For decades, the roles of special education personnel changed very little. They were assigned their roles on the basis of the labels of the students they served or the places they provided their services. With the shift to inclusive philosophies and integrated practices, special education personnel recognized that their roles were not static but based on individual student needs. The emphasis now is on increasing the quality and amount of in-class support offered inside the general education classroom. In addition, services in traditional “pull-out” classrooms are changing. Although fewer students with disabilities now require services in these specialized settings, these classrooms must be re-conceptualized to provide highly focused and more effective interventions and support. This course provides educators with a clear understanding of the changing roles of special education personnel and the implications for new skills and competencies. Participants will also recognize the many competencies they currently possess that will be needed in their new and changed settings.