The special education teacher assists the regular education teacher in understanding the needs of the student with disabilities and in developing appropriate accommodations to meet the student's needs within the regular classroom. A a minimum, the special education teacher should work directly with the student at least one segment per month. The model is recommended for students who are making the transition from a more restrictive special education program.
The special education teacher works with identified students with disabilities and the general education teacher within the general education classroom each time the class meets, for less than the full segment for the specified content area.
Co-teaching occurs when a special education teacher and a general education teacher share the teaching responsibilities for a class which includes students with and without disabilities. Both teachers are equally responsible for planning, the delivery of instruction, grading, IEP implementation, and classroom management for all students. Instruction is enhanced for students when there are two teachers in a room with different areas of expertise. The general education teacher provides expertise in the content area while the special education teacher provides expertise in differentiating instruction.
Supportive Instruction Model
A paraprofessional provides services for the student with disabilities in the general education classroom with the general education teacher.
Small Group Model
The student with a disability receives instruction in a small-group setting with other students with disabilities from a special education teacher. Small group setting is in a separate classroom. The special education teacher is one who is highly qualified to provide instruction in that specific academic area. The instruction provided within a small group model is determined by the specification of a student’s IEP as determined by the IEP/Placement Committee.
Separate School Model
The student with disabilities receives services in a separate school by a special education teacher. This model is utilized when unique specialized instruction is required that is not available in the student's home school.
Home Instruction Model
The student with disabities receives services at home by a special education teacher.
Hospital Homebound/Short-term/Intermittant Model