SPED 698D Special Education Law—3 Credits
Indiana State University is pleased to offer
Special Education Law (SPED 698D) by distance learning during Summer 2013.
Three credit hours of graduate credit will be awarded. There are no course prerequisites
other than admission to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Indiana State University.
The course instructor is Dr. James A. Jacobs, who is a professor of special education at Indiana State University
and has served as a due process hearing officer for the Indiana State Department since 2003. Dr. Jacobs has written
multiple hearing decisions, several of which have been appealed. To date, all of his decisions have been upheld by
the Board of Special Education Appeals and the courts.
Course content is offered through a creative delivery schedule specifically tailored for teachers, administrators,
parents, advocates, related services personnel, and other interested professionals.
- The first portion of the course, the period of time between early registration and June 10th, is to be used as a
traditional "directed study" learning experience. That is, classes will not be scheduled during this time period;
however, each student will be expected to obtain a course packet and respond to specific activities contained in the
course packet. Additionally, each student is provided access to the course instructor by means of personal appointment,
telephone contact, e-mail, and first class mail.
- Dates for on-campus classes are June 10 and 11; June 26-28, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
- The first two on-campus meeting dates (June 10 and 11) will be devoted to hearing from a guest speaker from the
Attorney General's Office of the State Department of Education regarding current legal issues in special education.
The second on-campus day will be spent orienting students to the course materials packet, instruction in conducting legal
searches, and providing samples of the final project.
- The third portion of the course, June 26, 27, and 28, will be conducted as an on-campus seminar scheduled from
1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. Each day of the seminar will focus on specific legal issues. Study will focus on the
Individuals with Disabilities Education (Improvement) Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related
issues. IDEIA and Article 7 issues will be the primary focus of the course. Other legal issues pertaining to schools also
will be discussed, including dress and appearance, search and seizure, abuse and neglect, zero tolerance, teacher liability
for slander and libel, intentional and unintentional torts, teacher negligence, and duties of supervision.
Specific case studies will be presented, discussed, and critiqued. Dr. Jacobs will relate the substance (issues and factual information)
of selected due process hearings he has conducted. Students will be provided an opportunity to offer their "Conclusions of Law"
in a seminar format. It is anticipated that Kevin McDowell, Esq., representing the office of Attorney General of the Indiana
State Department of Education, will attend one of the scheduled seminars and provide specific responses to students'
questions as well as a "look forward" regarding specific troublesome legal issues in special education.
Enrollment is limited. Three credit hours of graduate credit will be awarded. Those interested in enrolling
should contact the course instructor Dr. Jim Jacobs at James.Jacobs@indstate.edu
for additional information regarding the course or to communicate their intent to enroll.
Once this initial communication has been established, the course instructor will respond with additional information and
assist students with the registration process. All work for this course must be completed by the end date of the second five
week summer session.
Last updated October 30, 2012