Course Benefits

What You Will Learn

  • Understanding the "alphabet soup" of special education
  • The differences between an IEP and 504 plan and when your child might need one at school
  • Effective tools to help you advocate for your child's needs at school

What You Will Get

  • Resources and templates to make your life easier
  • Tools to help you advocate
  • Research-based and evidence-based training on trauma's impact on the brain

Course Curriculum

    1. Message from the Instructor

    2. Where Are You At?

    1. The Statistics of Special Education

    2. The Basics of Special Education

    3. How Are You Feeling So Far?

    4. The Evaluations of Special Education

    5. What About My Child?

    1. What Is an IEP and a 504 Plan?

    2. Managing Behaviors Through the Environment

    3. Questions and Answers

    1. Wrap-up

    2. Final Assessment (for certificate only)

    3. End of Course Evaluation

About this course

  • Free
  • 13 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

Meet Your Instructor

Jenny Mullins

Co-Founder/Program Director

Jenny Mullins is the Co-Founder and Program Director of Advocacy31nine, an Arizona nonprofit advocating for the success of children impacted by foster care, adoption, and kinship care. A graduate of Grand Canyon University with a concentration in Elementary Education and Teaching, Jenny became an educational advocate and co-founded Advocay31nine after her 10 years as a classroom teacher and learning how to advocate for the needs of her own daughter with special education needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I take this course?

    This course will help parents understand how to advocate for their child who is in the education system.

  • Will I receive a certificate of completion for the course?

    Yes! Every course comes with a certificate of completion that has been approved by the Arizona Department of Child Safety when the last lesson is reached. This certificate will have the learner's name, the title of the course, the credit hours, and the date of completion.

  • Can I watch the courses together with my spouse or do we each have to have our own log in?

    Just like our in-person courses, the pricing is based per participant. Each purchase should be logged under an individual’s name, and only that name will be tied to the proof of participation.

  • What is the format of the course content?

    Each of the courses are made up of a variety of modules with lessons within each. These lessons are made up of short videos to watch. Learners must complete the video before they can advance to the next lesson. There is also a variety of “process questions” throughout each lesson to help learners apply lessons from the videos. Each learner must also complete a final assessment quiz to receive a certificate.

  • Can I interact with other people/instructors in the course?

    Yes! Each lesson has a forum where learners can either post or answer a question for discussion to keep the learning going.