When working with students with exceptionalities, it is important to understand the roles of various members of the special education team. Administrators, paraprofessionals, service providers (such as a speech, occupational, and physical therapists), teachers, and school nurses can all be members of this group, depending on the individual needs of the student. Understanding the role of each person during the IEP process and providing students with services in an educational setting is an integral part of instructing students with disabilities. This ensures their needs are being met within the requirements of the law and that the students and families are receiving appropriate support and resources.

Allocate up to 2 hours in the field to support this field experience.

Because this course does not require you to have a fingerprint clearance card, your field experience must be completed before or after school, or during another designated time when students are not present.

In person or via phone, interview two individuals who each represent a different role on the special education team specific to a grade range relevant to your program of study. Potential interviewees could include a school administrator, paraprofessional, school psychologist, service providers such as a speech, occupational, or physical therapists, or a school nurse. Do not interview a special education or general education teacher for this assignment, as those individuals will be interviewed in later field experiences. Be prepared to take notes, as these will be submitted as part of the assignment deliverable.

In the interview, address the following.

Discuss the characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities whom you serve, including gifted as well as those with disabilities.

Describe the educational, developmental, and medical services available for individuals with disabilities in your district.

Describe the specific steps in the IEP process.

Explain how special education and general education teachers are supported in the IEP process.

Describe how you collaborate with members of the IEP team. List other stakeholders you collaborate with as part of the IEP process and describe this collaboration.

Describe what you do to support families of individuals with disabilities.

Explain the process of addressing behavioral issues for students with disabilities.

Discuss the professional development that is available to you regarding special education policies, services, and educational strategies. Discuss whether there is specific training related to confidentiality, including who leads the training and how often it is required.

Discuss what you do to stay current on special education law.

In 250-500 words, consider what you learned from the two interviews and discuss the following:

Describe the similarities you noted in the responses of both interviewees. Include discussion of why you think that, regardless of their unique roles on the special education team, these commonalities exist.

Describe what made the role of each of your interviewees unique on the special education team. Include discussion of the key responsibilities each has in ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities are being met in the educational setting.

Discuss what you learned about the significance of collaboration between members of the special education team. Include discussion of why collaborative professional practice is essential to meeting the needs of students with disabilities in the educational setting.

Explain how you will apply what you have learned from the interviews in your future professional practice related to using collaboration and other best practices to meet the needs of students with disabilities in the educational setting. Provide specific examples of ways that you can collaborate with individuals in the roles of the interviewees.

Submit your interview notes and reflection to the LMS.

APA is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

Hi Please see this note for interview that’s needed. You can search for a vid using any of these websites ( just add reference). Or if your creative you can make up an interview just answer the questions accordingly and make notes.

In regards to the Field Experience, The College of Education understands it may be challenging to complete practicum/field experience hours in the field during this time due to school closures and restrictions. In light of the current situation and as a temporary exception, students may utilize virtual options or supplemental videos to complete the required practicum/field experience hours. If possible, collaborate with a mentor by supporting the mentor and their students, in person or virtually. If not possible, you may watch supplemental videos that align with the Clinical Field Experience Assignment objectives. Youtube, TeacherTube, Teaching Channel, ASCD, Edutopia, The Teacher’s Network, Progress Center (SPED) and PBS are all great online resources that post many videos that could be watched in lieu of time in the physical placement. If you watch supplemental videos in lieu of time in the physical placement or collaborating with a mentor, please document the time watched for each video and include a brief summary of 1-2 take-aways noted for each video on your Clinical FieldExperience Verification Form.

Just a few references that I think might help

Read “The Short-and-Sweet IEP Overview,” located on the Center for Parent Information & Resources website (2017).


Complete “IEPs: Developing High Quality Individualized Education Programs,” located on the Iris Center website, according to the on-screen instructions.


View “FIEP: A Facilitated IEP Meeting,” located on the Region 13 Education Service Center website (2020).


Explore the IDEA website.


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