The Department of Special Education meets the individual needs of students ages three through twenty-one who are eligible for special education and related services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004.
IDEA is a federal law ensuring services to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention and special education and related services to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
The Department of Special Education assists with the assessment process for determining special education eligibility.
A full continuum of services is available, ranging from the least restrictive to more supportive environments, depending on the specific needs of the student. The department also supports schools in ensuring students with disabilities appropriately access the South Carolina Profile of the High School Graduate College and Career Ready Standards and provides specialized instruction and related services as determined necessary by the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
In collaboration with students, schools, families, and the community, the Department of Special Education assists students with disabilities in increasing academic performance, enhancing postsecondary options, and empowering all students for success.