Special Education Educational Settings and Specialized Instruction
A discussion of a student’s least
restrictive and most appropriate learning environment occurs at a
student’s IEP team meeting with decisions made by the IEP team.
instructional settings for children in grades K-12 include a continuum
from least to most restrictive. Service settings include general
education with consultation or minimal direct specialized instruction to
separate Setting 4 programs where most specialized instruction is
delivered directly. Educational services and settings not available in
the resident district can be provided in a neighboring district pending
parent and district approval.
Additional educational settings
which include birth through 2 home visits, homebound, preschools and
work sites are included in the spectrum of service sites.
and indirect specialized instructional services (special education) are
provided in all educational settings based on student strengths and
needs as determined by a student’s evaluation and IEP team.
provided by licensed special education staff are provided to students
who meet Minnesota special education eligibility criteria. The IEP team
determines the intensity, duration and location of special education
Related services assist a student to benefit from
specialized instruction (special education). Related services include
transportation, physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology,
audiology, interpreting, orientation and mobility, school health,
psychology, counseling, and parent counseling and training. The
intensity, duration and location of related services are determined by a
student’s IEP team.