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Special Education Advocacy Program - EDU 503OH 0912 01

3.0 Semester Units

The right to individualized educational programming for students with disabilities is legally guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, commonly referred to as IDEA. Under IDEA, every child with a disability is entitled to a “free appropriate public education” in the least restrictive environment. This includes special education and related services that make it possible for every child to make meaningful educational progress. IDEA requires specific timelines and deadlines for parents and school district personnel involved in the provision of a student’s special education, as well as strict procedural rules that must be followed. Additionally, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 entitles children with disabilities to educational programs, services and accommodations and applies to a broader range of students then IDEA.

Given the complexities associated with navigating the special education system, many families seek the assistance of an advocate to help them develop and implement Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) and to understand their children’s rights under IDEA. Currently, there are no educational requirements for an individual to serve as an advocate, nor are there federal or state guidelines to inform the practice of “special education advocacy”.

In an effort to address the needs of families and professionals alike, the COMPASS Family Center at USD, in collaboration with USD’s Education & Disability Clinic and Professional and  Continuing Education, have developed the Special Education Advocacy Program.

Participants in this program will receive brief, solution-focused, functional training in the growing field of Special Education Advocacy. The program has been developed to: 

  • Provide an overview of the impact of disability on the family and special education law;
  • Provide the legal knowledge necessary to advocate on behalf of students with disabilities;
  • Prepare participants to become effective and collaborative advocates; and
  • Enhance participants’ skills, knowledge and marketability in the field of special education advocacy.

For more information View the SEAP PDF.

Course Titles

  • Impact of Disability on the Family
  • The Role of the Advocate
  • Education Law and Disability Part 1
  • Assessment
  • Education Law and Disability Part 2
  • Transition: Part C to Part B
  • Education Law and Disability Part 3
  • Education Law and Disability Part 4
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Secondary Transition
  • (3) Experiential Learning

Special Education Advocacy Program - EDU 503OH 0912 01
WHEN: Tuesday evenings 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11/27
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Saturday 10/6
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Saturday 10/13
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Saturday 11/10
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Saturday 12/1
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Classes are held at he University of San Diego. 
The classes will be held in the Manchester Conference Center on Campus
INSTRUCTOR: Margaret Dalton
Moises Baron
CLASS CODE: EDU 503OH 0912 01
CLASS CATEGORY: Professional Growth

Refund Policy
For Scheduled (live) classes, withdrawal and transfer requests should be done online. A full refund will be credited to you if the class has not started. After a class has begun, each request will be handled on an individual basis. Refunds and/or transfer requests will not be processed for any reason after 30 days from the start of class.