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Release: Dec. 5, 2001

Joint UI-UNI course explores special education law, policy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are teaming up to offer a joint graduate-level course over the Iowa Communication Network (ICN) in the spring 2002 semester titled Special Education Law and Policy.

The course, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 15 to May 17, will focus on information and conceptual understanding of legislative, executive and judicial action affecting special education programs for children and youth with disabilities. It is intended for graduate students and current educators interested in special education and its legal basis. Education administrators may be particularly interested.

The class will be broadcast using a combination of the ICN and the Internet to the Iowa City Community School District's Administrative Office, 509 S. Dubuque St.

Larry Bartlett, Ph.D., professor in the UI College of Education's Division of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, will co-teach the class with Susan Etscheidt, Ph.D., associate professor in UNI's department of special education. The UI and UNI are the only two state-approved licensure programs in Iowa designed for administrators in special education.

"When the Regent's universities work together, there is a strong likelihood that the result will be better than either can accomplish separately," Bartlett said.

Students can register for the class by contacting UNI's Continuing Education Credit Program, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 50614-0223, or by contacting Kathryn Hockemeyer at 1-800-772-1746 or via email at

Information about the class is also available by calling Bartlett at (319) 335-5307 or Etscheidt at (319) 273-3279.