Teaching Students With Special Education Needs

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Students with Special Education Needs
Who is responsible for teaching students with special educational needs? If this question had been posed 20 years ago, 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago, what would have been the answer? While the answer may once have been the special education teacher, today it is not quite so clear. Within the last four decades there has been a push to include all students in the classroom so that all students are provided the same educational opportunities as their peers. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) mandates that students are to be taught in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) possible; meaning the general classroom setting with accommodations to help them succeed. Only those students that cannot be successful with assistance in the classroom are pulled out and taught by a special education teacher or aid. Gone are the days where students with disabilities are automatically sent to a room down the hall, out of sight and out of mind of the general classroom teacher. It is almost guaranteed that a general education teacher will encounter a student with disabilities in their classroom (U.S. Department of Education, 2004).
Inclusion in education is defined as including all students in the classroom despite race, gender, disability, or any other difference that might exist. Inclusion has become the hallmark of special education as the best option for all students. Currently students that…
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