Take your Advocacy Skills to the next level with just 12 One Day Courses.

The National Special Education Advocacy Institute, NSEAI, has been offering  BCEA™ trainings since 2008.  They offered the first and the only national Board Certified Education Advocate program.  This nationally recognized program is available for the benefit of parents & leaders in the education advocacy field, such as yourself.  




DURATION:               16.21 hours

Lecture 5.21 hours in 16 videos with out of class assignments of 11.00 hours 
Academic institutions may accept 1.62 quarter credit hours or a no-credit / non-certification grade per course.

This is the first of 12 courses in a National Special Education Advocacy Training NSEAT™ program.  It may stand-alone or be combined with the full 12 course program as the education prerequisite to the NSEAI Board Certified Education Advocate™ application.  This course was developed as a collegiate level course and is offered for continuing education credits at this location.

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of Special Education and it’s history and current regulations.  Students are introduced to the major areas of Disability Rights.   They are introduced to Special Education law theories and concepts, as well as the history and major figures of the field.  Students acquire skills to understand rights and obligations relating to accommodations as provided under the U.S. Constitution’s - 14th Amendment, IDEA, FERPA, Fair Housing Act, Air Carrier Access Act, Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, National Voter Registration Act, Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, Architectural Barriers Act, NCLB -200, HIPAA -1996, Child Find, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  

This course is designed to expand parental and professional education advocacy skills with a broad knowledge base.  It provides information to students with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, educators, lawyers, state and federal agencies and related service providers on advocacy skills related to accommodation needs, recent legislation pertaining to disability rights and how they can change public attitudes and perceptions about those with disabilities.

History of Disability Legislation  - Legal and Societal Issues
U.S. Constitution - 14th Amendment
Fair Housing Act
Air Carrier Access Act
Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act
National Voter Registration Act
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act
Individuals with Disabilities Educational Acts
Rehabilitation Act
Architectural Barriers Act
The No Child Left Behind Act – NCLB -2001
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)-1965
Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA)
HIPAA -1996
Child Find
Important Special Education Court Cases
Special Education and Disciplinary actions
10 Principles of Special Education
The Six Principles of IDEA
Educational Advocacy Defined
The Roles of the Advocate

After completing the program, participants will:

•    Develop a basic understanding of Federal laws and landmark legal cases
     related to special education
•    Understand the difference between statutes and regulations
•    Understand roles and qualifications of those who participate in school meetings
•    Identify the key difference between IEP meetings, Informal Meetings, Mediation,
     Resolutions Meetings and Due Process.
•    Define basic concepts in special education including 6 principals and classifications
•    Define Key elements and principals related to:  ESY,  LRE, ER/ RR, Goals, Educational
     Needs, SDI, Highly qualified teacher,  Procedural Safeguards, Private Placement, Prior
     Written Notice, Stay Put, 504’s,



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