What is a Surrogate Parent?
Federal and state laws and regulations give parents of children with disabilities the right to actively help shape and monitor their child(ren)’s special education services and supports. When students don’t have their own parents or a legal guardian to represent them, school districts must appoint a surrogate
parent to represent them.
Who can be a Surrogate Parent?
Any individual who has no conflict of interest, who has been appointed by a school district and who has completed the Surrogate Parent Training Program.
What does a surrogate parent do?
He or she represents the child’s special educational interests. The surrogate parent needs to understand the child’s disability and unique educational needs. The surrogate parent provides permission for certain special education procedures. He or she reviews the child’s assessment/evaluation data and educational placement. A surrogate parent takes part in school meetings in which the student’s individualized educational plan is developed, reviewed and modified. Finally, the surrogate parent is involved in the child’s ongoing educational process.
The purpose of this course is to offer an accessible training option for those interested in representing students with disabilities as a surrogate parent. This course can be accessed in two ways:
If you are interested in becoming certified as a Surrogate Parent for students in Ohio, you must create an account or login and select "Take the Course". You will then complete the course registration form and begin the course. You will complete each module in sequence. To move from one module to the next, you must successfully answer the questions at the end of the module. You will be able to review the module and complete the questions again if you do not answer them correctly the first time. Upon completion of the last module and the final questions, you will have successfully completed the course. You will receive a Surrogate Parent Certificate by mail.
If you are not interested in becoming a Surrogate Parent, but you want to review information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Individual Education Program process, you may access the course modules in any order. You must still create an account or login and select "Browse the Modules."