MI DoE: Bridging the Special Education Career and Technical Education Divide


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building

“The purpose of this white paper is to help secondary school administrators, teachers, and parents coordinate the programmatic requirements of Career and Technical Education (CTE) with those that govern the rights of students in Special Education programs and those with a 504 plan. This paper discusses the relevant laws governing both areas and potential for conflict, explores the positive impact that proper placement in a CTE program may have on a student with a disability, and proposes a solution that best supports the success of a student with a disability in secondary and postsecondary CTE programs. This success requires the collaboration of CTE and Special Education personnel, the understanding of the student’s disability and abilities, and the appropriate recommendation for proper placement in a CTE program.”

  • Department of Education
  • School-to-Work Transition
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