Welcome to Special Education

  • District 742 Special Education provides a continuum of special education and related services to meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities, birth through 22 years of age. Most students receive services in their neighborhood school and, when possible, in their regular class setting. Special education services may be provided in regular class settings, regular early childhood programs, resource rooms, separate classes, separate day schools, residential settings, hospitals, or in the home for homebound students and for infants and toddlers.

    Each student who receives special education services must meet State of Minnesota eligibility criteria and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP)/Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)/Individual Interagency Intervention Plan (IIIP)/Individualized Service Program (ISP) which describes the student's present level of academic and functional performance, special education needs, goals/outcomes, objectives and services. The IEP/IFSP/IIIP/ISP is designed to meet unique needs, support school success, and promote the independence of children and youth with disabilities while ensuring that they receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

    Students can receive services in the following disability categories:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Blind-Visually Impaired
    • Deaf-Blind
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    • Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
    • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities
    • Developmental Delay
    • Other Health Disabilities
    • Physically Impaired
    • Severely Multiply Impaired
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech or Language Impairments
    • Traumatic Brain Injury

    View the Minnesota Department of Education eligibility criteria checklists for these disability categories. Visit the Special Education Section of the Minnesota Department of Education web page.