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Special Education

Charles County Public Schools provides special education and related services for eligible children from birth to age 21. 

Special education can include:

  • Specialized instruction
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Speech therapy
  • Language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physical education
  • Assistive technology
  • Counseling

Each school provides special education and related services to eligible students.

Regional programs in elementary, middle and high schools provide academic, therapeutic and/or behavioral supports for students needing more intense support.

Child Find is a process designed to locate, identify and refer young children with disabilities. If eligible, services for children birth to five are offered through the Infants and Toddlers Program and Preschool Special Education.

The Adult Independence Program (AIP) offers job training and job placement assistance for older students receiving a certificate of completion.

All decisions about a student’s special education services and placement are made by the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The child’s parent or guardian is a member of this team.

Decisions about a student’s placement are made based on the student’s needs and are consistent with the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

A written copy of this information is available to parents upon request.


For further information on all programs offered through the Department of Special Education, please contact:

Dr. Tia McKinnon
Director of Special Education
LeWan M. Jones
Director of Special Education Compliance

Collaborative Conversations for Families

A collaborative conversation is a purposeful, outcome-driven conversation aimed at building on each other's ideas. These opportunities generate new thinking and/or a more in-depth understanding.  I am asking for your expertise, lived experiences and unique perspectives as families and/or caregivers of students with disabilities to help in the continuous growth of special education in Charles County Public Schools.

There will be two virtual sessions (one each semester) this school year.  Please use the link below to sign up for one or both of the sessions and begin making a list of compliments, questions or concerns to share.

October 20, 2022
6:30 -7:30 p.m.

February 6, 2023
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Sign Up

Special Education Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings

First page of the PDF file: SECACflyer

Special Education Expo on March 18, 2023

First page of the PDF file: SavetheDateParentExpo23pdf

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