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Exceptional Child Education

Exceptional Child Education

The Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Department meets the individual needs of students ages 3 through 21 who are eligible for special education and related services according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The department helps with assessment that determines special education eligibility.


Each student’s Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) meets annually to review progress and develop a new Individual Education Program (IEP). A full continuum of services is available, ranging from the least restrictive to more restrictive environments, depending on the specific needs of the student.


In collaboration with students, schools, families, and the community, the ECE Department helps students with disabilities improve their academic performance.


Exceptional Child Education (ECE) programs are designed to meet the needs of students who have educational disabilities. Services are provided to students in both comprehensive and special education facilities, and a range of programs, techniques, methods, and materials is available for individualized instruction.


Individual Education Program (IEP) goals for ECE students are developed to address academic, social/emotional, and transition needs (e.g., changing to a different academic program, progressing from one level to another, or starting a career).


ECE services are provided for students with the following disabilities:

  • Autism (U)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HI)
  • Deaf/Blind (V)
  • Developmental Delay (DD)
  • Emotional-Behavioral Disability (EBD)
  • Functional Mental Disability (FMD)
  • Mild Mental Disability (MMD)
  • Multiple Disability (MD)
  • Physical Disability and Other Health Impairment (PDOHI)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  • Speech or Language Impairment (S/L)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)