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Program Approval


New Special Education Instructional Program Application


The process for approval of a new special education instructional program begins with a conversation with the requesting LEA, public academy, private provider of special education, public agency, or other non-LEA program and the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE), Bureau of Special Education (Bureau) to determine the appropriateness of the program and readiness for implementation. The process from development to implementation may last from three to six months. Requesting entities are encouraged to contact the Bureau when first considering the development of a new program. If determined feasible, the Bureau will send out an application packet and provide technical assistance as needed with completion of the application and supporting documents.

If approval is granted by the Bureau, the LEA, public academy, private provider of special education, public agency, or other non-LEA program will receive written notice of initial approval for one year, and the new special education instructional program will be entered into the New Hampshire Special Education Information System (NHSEIS). At that time students may be placed in the new program. Within one year of the approval, an on-site monitoring visit will be conducted by Bureau representatives to determine continued approval.

For LEAs, public academies, private providers of special education, public agencies, or other non-LEA programs considering a new program, contact Hannah Krajcik at (603) 271-3742 or Hannah.Krajcik@doe.nh.gov to set up a teleconference with the Bureau.


Change to an Existing Special Education Instructional Program Application


When considering a change in a currently approved special educational instructional program such as with disability areas, location, and/or grade/age spans, please contact Hannah Krajcik at (603) 271-3742 or Hannah.Krajcik@doe.nh.gov to request an application for a program change.


SAU Program Approval Reports Forms and Resources
Program Approval and Improvement Process and Year End Reports Request for Out of State Programs (protected) Entered into NHSEIS Request for Out of State Programs (protected) Entered into NHSEIS, Word document
NHDOE Special Education Program Approval
and Improvement Process
Request for Out of State Programs (unprotected) Entered into NHSEIS Request for Out of State Programs (unprotected) Entered into NHSEIS, Word document

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