Programming and resources for highly at-risk children and youth and the professionals who work with them

Understanding Parent Participation in Massachusetts Special Education

by Dr. Alec Peck
Duration: 2 hours; CE Credits: 2

Launch Course


This online course, written by Dr. Alec Peck, produced by the New England Adolescent Research Institute Inc. (NEARI) and funded by the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps), is intended for parents who are considering special education options for their school-aged child. In this course, you will learn about important issues, such as:

  • Referring a student for evaluation
  • Clarifying the process for evaluating a student
  • Understanding your role and rights when you meet with the evaluation team
  • Determining the most appropriate evaluation for your child


Continuing Education Credits

To purchase CE credits, click here and scroll to find the course.

Continuing Education Credits are available for Social Workers and Psychologists. After completing each course, a brief post-test will be provided at the Orlando Behavioral Health website, which you must pass with more than 80% correct answers to be eligible for CE credits. Please contact Mike Weinberg at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information about earning CE credits.

Workshop Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify when and how to refer your child for a special education evaluation
  • Describe the process for evaluating your child for special education
  • Describe your role and rights as a part of the evaluation team
  • Identify the eligibility determinations for special education services
  • Describe placement options for your child


About the Author(s)
alec-peckDr. Alec Peck is Associate Professor of Special Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Currently, he is also the Editor of "Teaching Exceptional Children" (a print journal) and its online extension, "Teaching Exceptional Children Plus". These are bi-monthly special education journals that are widely read in the field. Dr. Peck is also the current President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, a national advocacy and professional association that works on behalf of students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Dr. Peck has written several books, book chapters, and journal articles and has presented at many national and state conferences on special education.


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