Special Education Courses

We’re pleased to offer coursework related to special education for K-12 teachers. Successful completion of these classes can apply toward teaching endorsement. These classes help meet the requirements for the Virginia DOE teaching endorsement in Special Education — General Curriculum (K-12). They also help prepare you to successfully differentiate your curriculum and teach students with special needs to their greatest potential.

If you’re seeking the special education teaching endorsement, our coursework is only part of the endorsement requirement. You are welcome to work with our program manager to assist in determining any additional coursework or experience required to complete the endorsement. Our classes are offered on the following rotation:

  • Fall: EDUC 571U Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
  • Spring: EDUC 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • Summer: EDUC 574U Understanding and Implementing the IEP

Once you’ve completed these courses, follow VA DOE guidance on submitting the application. Review the section that starts with “Licensure Changes.” Our program manager can assist you in preparing your application, but you’ll be responsible for collecting the required documentation and submitting the licensure paperwork to the appropriate VA DOE office.

Available Classes

  • EDUC 574U Understanding and Implementing the IEP
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)

    Allison Brenning

    CRN: 30128 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No live remote sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.


    This course provides students with critical information and hands-on practice regarding the developmentvand implementation of the Individual Education Program (IEP), the federally required document that describes all the components of special education services and safeguards for students with disabilities. Participants will learn regulatory background, essential components, procedural requirements, implementation practices, and monitoring strategies that support effective IEP implementation and lead to positive student outcomes. Participants will analyze and evaluate IEPs, gaining expertise in IEP development and implementation.