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Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS)

Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS)

SETSS is specially designed and/or supplemental instruction provided by a special education teacher that can help your child stay in the general education classroom. SETSS may be provided for as few as three hours per week and as much as 50% of each school day. Your child’s IEP must indicate:

  • The number of periods a week that the services will be provided
  • Where they will be provided, and
  • Whether those services will be provided directly or indirectly, as described above.

SETSS happens in two ways:

Direct Instruction

The special education teacher may work directly with your child (or your child and up to 8 other children together) and provide direct specially designed and/or supplemental instruction to your child. The special education teacher may adapt the subject matter (“modified curriculum”) and/or use visual aids, highlighted work sheets, simplified directions, and other kinds of “modified instruction.”

 

Indirect Instruction

The special education teacher may also work with your child’s general education teacher to adjust the learning environment and/or modify and adapt instructional techniques and methods to meet your child’s individual needs. 


Finding an Independent SETSS Teacher

In most cases SETSS will be provided by a teacher at your child's school. If a teacher is not available, you will be issued a form enabling you to select an independent SETSS teacher at the Department of Education's (DOE's) expense. The DOE maintains lists of independent providers of SETSS and DOE teachers who provide SETSS. Work with an independent SETSS teacher is done pursuant to the rules stated on the form. 

(If you are a teacher and would like to become an independent SETSS teacher, please complete this application.)