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Section 2

ak dept education

special ed handbook

Federal law requires that each person employed by a school district providing related services to children with disabilities meets the highest requirement in the state. Highest requirement means the highest entry-level academic degree needed for any state-approved or recognized certification, licensing, or registration. In Alaska, this means:

Each person employed as a speech language pathologist or school psychologist must possess:

A Type C certificate in the field of employment.

Each person employed to provide occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical psychology services, or audiology must be licensed.

Provision of Related Services by Other Than a Certified Related Service Provider

A person other than a certified related service provider (i.e., a special education teacher, a regular classroom teacher, or a paraprofessional) can assist in providing a related service if the following conditions are met (also see Appendix F for Recommended Guidelines for Related Service Providers):
  1. A certified related service provider has the primary responsibility to:
    1. Evaluate the child
    2. Plan the child's educational programs, including participating in and signing the child's IEP
    3. Teach or train the staff that will assist in providing the related service to the child
    4. Review and supervise the child's program to determine progress and make adjustments as needed
  2. A certified related service provider reviews and conducts on-site supervision of the child's related services program at least once each month. The IEP Team can determine that less frequent on-site supervision is sufficient to provide a FAPE and must call or video-conference the aide or teacher every month when he or she does not visit the school.
  3. The amount of program supervision provided by the related service provider is included on the IEP as part of the specific special education and related services to be provided.

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