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12. Establish the responsibility of the SEA for personnel qualifications.

The SEA must establish and maintain qualifications to ensure that personnel necessary to carry out the purposes of Part 300 are appropriately and adequately prepared and trained, including that those personnel have the content knowledge and skills to serve children with disabilities.

[34 CFR 300.156(a)] [20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(14)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. What are some of the job titles that deliver services under IDEA?

  2. The state determines minimum qualification to assume job titles through licensure and certifications and regulations. The employing agency, (LEA or intermediate education agency) determines the level of academic, professional and personal skills for those that serve in these job roles. In your view, how do the two sets of criteria work together to assure a supply of appropriately trained personnel?

Application Questions

  1. Do you know how to find the qualifications that have been set for IDEA personnel roles in your state?

  2. As roles change, how might this affect qualifications for these roles? How might changes in roles impact preparation in institutions of higher education?

    These questions were developed by the following

    stakeholders working together:


    Role: Teacher
    Location: Pennsylvania

    Role: Family
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Florida

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Technical Assistance Provider
    Location: California

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Wyoming

    Role: State Education Agency
    Location: Arkansas

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Florida

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Pennsylvania