The University-Based Program is authorized in Sections
of the Mississippi Code. Any state supported university or college may apply
for minimum program funds under these regulations.
When there is an organized program in a
local school district for students with a particular exceptionality, then the
university-based program will not enroll a student with that exceptionality
from that district in the university- based program except in the following two
the student is enrolled on a
private tuition basis
the local district initiates a placement because an IEP committee in that
district has determined that the organized program in that district is not
appropriate for that student,
that university-based program is an appropriate placement for that student, and
the IEP committee places that
student in the university-based program.
Yearly placement decisions relative to whether a handicapped
student is to be placed in a university-based program by a local district
continue to be the responsibility of that local
b. No later than April 15 each year, the
State Department of Education (SDE) staff will notify the university-based
program staff relative to which local school districts in the area served by
the university-based program have organized programs for the exceptionalities
currently being served in that university-based program. If a parent requests a
university-based program to serve an exceptional child from a local school
district that has an organized program, the university-based program staff will
notify the parent that they are prohibited by state law from duplicating the
program available in the local school district and will inform the local
district of that child's need for educational service.
c. When the university-based program staff is
requested by a parent to serve an exceptional child from a local school
district that does not have an organized program for that exceptionality, the
child may be enrolled in that university-based program following SDE guidelines
that apply to other state agencies. In that case, the university-based program
is totally responsible for the education of that child including development of
the IEP. It is suggested that local school district special education staff be
kept abreast of the progress of this child and it is permissible for
university- based program staff to invite district staff to IEP meetings.
d. In the event there is a
question as to whether the local district has an organized program for a
particular exceptionality, the university- based program staff may contact the
SDE staff responsible for the university-based program for a decision.
e. An organized program is a
program approved by the SDE serving a particular age range and exceptionality
or exceptionalities. When the local school district has such a program and a
child in that age range and with that exceptionality is identified, an IEP
committee in that district makes the decision as to whether that organized
program is appropriate for that child. No other entity can make that decision.
a. Identify a teacher for this class(es)
certified in accord with State Department of Education regulations.
b. Identify a classroom facility in which to
locate the class. It should be approximately the same size as a regular
classroom in a public school district.
c. Submit a proposal to the Bureau of Special
Services describing the program according to regulations.
Upon receipt of this proposal, Bureau of
Special Services personnel will review it and either approve it or work with
university/college personnel to get it in an approvable form. The Bureau
Director will write a letter indicating approval of acceptable proposals and
indicating that university/college personnel may proceed with implementation.
In the event that teacher certification and number of eligible children is not
available when the proposal is submitted, tentative approval will be given
until such time as this information is received.
During the implementation of a program, following proposal
approval, it will be necessary for the university/college to submit a Class
Data Sheet. This submission will occur each year. Any time the program changes,
the proposal must be amended.
The Outline for the proposal which is to
be submitted to the Bureau of Special Services is as follows:
a. Title of the Program
i. Number, age and exceptionality of students
ii. Length of School Day (must be
full day program to receive full funding)
iii. Number of teachers requested, teacher's
name (if available) and certification (if available)
iv. Location and description of the
c. A list of
d. An outline of
program evaluation criteria
copy of the university/college approved policies and procedures as required
f. An assurance that the
university/college will comply with all applicable State Department of
Education regulations relating to programs for handicapped children (it is the
responsibility of personnel who operate this program to be familiar with all