Nearly 23,000 students receive special education services from a top-notch team of GCPS staff members. This team--our special education teachers, paraprofessionals, physical and occupational therapists, behavioral support staff, speech-language pathologists, support staff for assistive technology, special education bus drivers and monitors, and others who support our students with disabilities—work together with students and families to empower every child to reach his or her potential.
The vision of the district’s special education team is to work collaboratively with students, families, schools, and the community to enable special education students to make valuable contributions to themselves, their families, and their communities as a result of their GCPS tenure. In its quest to provide “Quality learning through quality education for all students,” the Department of Special Education and Psychological Services provides a wide range of services, including assessment and interventions.
GCPS’ program serves students on the autism spectrum, children with specific learning disabilities, those with intellectual disabilities, students with orthopedic impairments, medically fragile children, students with visual or speech impairments, and children with significant developmental delays.
We appreciate these caring and dedicated professionals who believe in the promise found in all students, adapting to their specific learning needs and helping students develop life skills that foster independence.
If you’re interested in helping alternative learners to develop skills and independence, find out more about employment opportunities in GCPS in special education.
In Special Education and Psychological Services, we believe…
- All students can learn more than they are currently learning.
- Collaboration with all stakeholders is essential.
- All special education students should be included in general education curriculum, instruction, and assessment to the extent possible.
- Decisions should be based on current data and replicable research information.
- The learning environments for students should be relevant, as rigorous as possible, and caring as perceived by students and parents.
- The teacher is a critical element in each student’s education. Resources should focus on improving the effectiveness of each special education teacher.
Literacy, self-management, and partnering with parents are fundamental to achieving our Vision and Mission.