Module 7: Highly Qualified Teachers

A male African American teacher helps a high school student with Marion Morton Crayton
Office of Special Education Programs
U.S. Department of Education

In Partnership with…
NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

August 2007

  • English only slideshow
  • Handouts for Participants in both English and Spanish

Module 7 takes an indepth look at a new element in IDEA: its definition of “highly qualified teacher.”

State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, and community members have many questions and concerns about the requirements for highly qualified teachers. State and local agencies must develop ways to recruit and retain teachers with those qualifications, as well as encourage existing employees meet the requirements and become highly qualified. Parents and community members want the assurance that their children are receiving instruction from appropriately trained teachers.

HQT is seen as integral in helping States to meet their requirements for adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act and, above all, to improve results for our children with and without disabilities.

Module 7 is available in English only (except for the handouts for participants, which are also available in Spanish). The module includes:

  • a slideshow presentation;
  • a Trainer’s Guide explaining the content; and
  • handouts for participants.

Please help yourself below, and download the components you need to learn on your own and/or to train others regarding HQT.

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Component #1: The Slideshow
In English only

Use these 22 full-color slides to guide training sessions on HQT.

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Component #2: Trainer’s Guide to the Content

The Trainer’s Guide illustrates how each slide operates and provides detailed discussion of the content on each slide. It’s available in both a nicely laid out PDF file with thumbnail graphics of the slides and as an accessible Word file (from which you can freely copy and paste content to other documents). Which would you like?

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Component #3: Handouts for Participants | Folletos para Participantes

Module 7 falls under Theme B, IDEA and General Education, for which handouts in English and Spanish are available. If you’ve downloaded handouts for any of the other Theme B modules (5, 6, or 8), you already have what you need for Module 7 (provided you’re still working in the same language!) and don’t need to download the handouts again.  BUT—If you do need to download the handouts for Theme B, here they are, in two different formats and two different languages:

English Handouts, Theme B

PDF | Handouts for B
Word | Handouts for B (Accessible Word file)

Spanish Handouts, Theme B

PDF | Folletos para Tema B
Word | Folletos para Tema B (Accessible Word version)

Note about the Spanish Translations:
In preparing the handouts in Spanish, we chose to use a certain vocabulary set for the terminology most frequently used in IDEA. IDEA itself is extremely and purposefully consistent about its terminology, and we felt it critical to do the same in Spanish. However, we fully recognize that there are many ways to say the same thing, and Spanish is rich with alternatives from country to country, region to region. So we’ve also prepared a glossary of the terminology used in IDEA, how we’ve rendered that terminology in Spanish, and other ways of rendering it that families may also hear. Share this with participants as you see fit or use it to guide your own translations. The glossary of terminology is available in two formats, PDF and Word:

There! You’re set to go with Module 7.

Please remember that these materials are designed to be authoritative sources of information about IDEA’s HQT requirements. That’s why they are so detailed. As a trainer, you are free to adapt these materials to fit the purposes and needs of your audience, and the amount of time you have to spend with them.


Quick-Jump Menu to Other Modules
1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education
2: Key Changes in IDEA
5: Disproportionality and Overrepresentation
6: Early Intervening Services and Response to Intervention
7: Highly Qualified Teachers (you’re already here!)
9: Introduction to Evaluation under IDEA
10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation
11: Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
12: The IEP Team
13: Content of the IEP
14: Meetings of the IEP Team
15: LRE Decision Making
16: Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools
17: Introduction to Procedural Safeguards
18: Options for Dispute Resolution
19: Key Issues in Discipline

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