You have found a unique website intended to help Georgia teachers gain the knowledge they need to help students with special needs in their classrooms. This website serves as an introduction to special education, intelligence, major areas of exceptionality and the identification of learners with special needs. A review of current laws guaranteeing a free, appropriate public education for all disabled children and instructional strategies for these students are also included.

Anyone may use this site, at no cost, as a resource for information about disabilities, or, if the employing school district approves, they may pay a $350 registration fee and complete coursework online at ExceptionalChild for credit toward meeting their Professional Learning Plan (PLP) or Professional Growth Plan (PGP) goals.  During the school year, credit courses are 8 -week online sessions and are offered Fall, Winter and Spring semesters. Those who demonstrate mastery by completing the 50 hour course will also satisfy the State of Georgia HB671 certification requirement to have a course in the Identification and Education of Exceptional Children as described by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission(PSC).

If you have questions, comments or suggestions you can contact me at: drsuethrasher@gmail.com

Instructor: Dr. Sue Q. Thrasher has previously taught this course for Agnes Scott College, Teach for America, and several Georgia RESAs and school systems. She earned her B.A. in History from the University of Georgia, M.Ed. in Special Education from Georgia State University, Ed.S. in Instructional Supervision from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has been a high school history teacher, special education teacher, principal, professional learning director and special education director in Georgia, North Carolina and Connecticut.  She has also been a full-time Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Mercer University, a part-time Assistant Professor of Education at Agnes Scott College and an educational consultant in private practice in the Southeast.