Program Chairs

Dr. Sharon Pyke

Retired Supervisory Officer

Nicola Simmons

Partner, Keel Cottrelle LLP

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More students than ever need additional supports at school. What does that mean for you?

Get the foundation you need to deal with your day-to-day challenges in Special Education.

Today’s educational environment has become increasingly challenging with a wide diversity of student needs that educators and education professionals must respond to.

To ensure that the rights and safety of all students and staff are not compromised, it is critical for education professionals and advocates to have a comprehensive and updated understanding of Special Education law.

The OsgoodePD Fundamentals in Special Education Law was developed by legal and educational experts to provide you with a practical, up-to-date understanding of the most pertinent legal challenges in Special Education law, and give you strategies to deal with them.

This is a required course for the Certificate in Education Law. Due to administrative changes, all required and elective courses for the Certificate must be completed by August 31, 2024.

What You’ll Learn

Latest human rights case law relating to special education and schools

Positive duties to address allegations of discrimination in schools

Strategies for dealing with violent behaviour to protect students and staff

How OHSA impacts special needs students, their teachers, and other educational workers

When and how school boards might refuse to admit a student under the Education Act

Who Should Attend

School Administrators


Supervisory Officers

School trustees

Directors of Education

School board staff

Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers

Advocates for students and parents

Legal practitioners – education law practitioners


Program Chairs

Dr. Sharon Pyke

Retired Supervisory Officer

Nicola Simmons

Partner, Keel Cottrelle LLP



View the 2022 program brochure and agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts. A new detailed brochure and agenda will be available soon.


Jan 17, 2024

$595 + TAX


Jan 17, 2024
9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m (ET)

Feb 13, 2024

$595 + TAX


Feb 13, 2024
9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m (ET)

Bundle Pricing

Register for this program and the Advanced Issues in Special Education Law for a special bundle pricing (until January 16, 2024)

$1,190 $895 + Tax

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CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
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Substantive5h 40m
Total5h 40m

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Frequently Asked Questions

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