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Who's on the IEP Team?

Once qualified for special education, who comes to IEP meetings and works with you to make decisions about your child's education?

IDEA (at §300.321) describes the IEP team as including the following members:

  • the parents of the child

  • not less than one regular education teacher of the child (if the child is, or may be, participating in the regular education environment)

  • not less than one special education teacher of the child, or where appropriate, not less then one special education provider of the child. The following is a list of possible special education service providers. Each team will depend on an individual child's needs. 

    • Special Education Teacher​ (SpEd, SDC)

    • Adapted Physical Education (APE) Teacher 

    • Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

    • Occupational Therapist (OT)

    • Physical Therapist (PT)

    • Visual Impairment (VI) Specialist

    • Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist

    • Orthopedic Impairment (OI) Specialist

    • Educational Sign Language Interpreter (ESLI)

    • Educational Audiologist (AuD)

    • School Nurse

    • School Psychologist

    • School Counselor 

    • School Social Worker

    • Paraeducator / Paraprofessional 

  • representative of the public agency (school administration designee) who is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities; is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum; and is knowledgeable about the availability of resources of the public agency

  • an individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results

  • other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel as appropriate (invited at the discretion of the parent or the agency)

  • the child with a disability (when appropriate).