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Help your child succeed in school. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), was put in place to make sure that every child with a diagnosed disability gets the help he or she needs throughout their education process. Parents have significant rights as advocates for their child, both before any evaluation is done as well as afterward if the child is determined to have special needs.
Find out what an Individual Educational Program or Plan (IEP) is. Understand these rights and learn how to assure your child is receiving the accommodation she or he needs. Parental advocacy is essential for school success.

One-month, Jeff Kritzer, instructor
Unit 1
Working With the School
-How do I support my child’s school success?
-What to do when my child is struggling academically
-Parental rights
-Your child’s rights

Unit 2
Does my child have a disability?
-Disability Categories under IDEA       
-High Incidence Disabilities
-Low Incidence Disabilities
-Parental Advocacy
-How do I get my child tested?
Unit 3
What an IEP is
- Important Timelines
-The IEP Team
-Parts of the IEP
-What parents can expect at an IEP meeting?
 Unit 4
 Related Services & Parents’ Rights in Special Education
-Related Services
-Special Education principles and how they apply to your child     
-How do parents request Due Process?


Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.


Next offering(s):
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$145 USD
Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
Jeff Kritzer was a Special Education Resource Specialist for 25 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has taught many children with disabilities and advised their parents on how to successfully navigate the special education process. He has a Ph.D in Education and is currently a Professor in Teacher Education at a leading Midwestern University.

Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives

  • To provide parents with strategies for supporting their childrens’ school success.
  • To provide parents with a knowledge of the disability categories under I.D.E.A.
  • To provide parents with web resources for each disability category.
  • To provide parents information on how to get their child tested.
  • To provide parents with background information on the IEP meeting.
  • To provide parents information on how to request a Due Process Hearing.
  • To provide parents with background information on how the special education principles apply to their child. 

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

   At the end of this course, you will:

  • Be able to support their childrens’ school success.
  • Be able to identify web resources for each disability.
  • Be able to request that their child get tested for special education services..
  • Be able to participate in an IEP meeting.
  • Be able request a Due Process Hearing.
Completion Requirements