Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Locquiao, Jed


Special Education Law, litigation, compliance


Special education law is complex and ever-changing. Despite receiving a formal education, beginning special education teachers often lack the knowledge of these policies and procedures, as well as any updated provisions relating to these laws (Brookshire & Klotz, 2002). In order to provide a legally compliant education to all students, teachers must be held accountable for the proper implementation of these laws (Sanders, 2011). Current research suggests that a large majority of teachers overestimate their knowledge of special education law, when in reality, a significant knowledge gap exists (Sanders, 2011 & Horner, Mrachko, O’Connor & Yasik, 2020). It is imperative that related legal education information is readily available to teachers and administrators, both in general and special education (Couvilon, Yell, & Katsiyannis, 2018, & Brown, 2009). The proposed handbook will benefit beginning Special Education teachers by providing a greater insight into the current statutory provisions governing special education in the United States.

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