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Module 13: Content of the IEP

Module 13: Content of the IEP

by Theresa Rebhorn and Lisa Küpper
Center for Parent Information and Resources

Editor’s Note: Module 13 was originally written in 2007. In 2016, its contents were updated and “toured” as part of a CPIR webinar for Parent Centers. Should you wish to listen to that webinar (where other updated IEP modules were toured as well), the webinar is archived on CPIR’s website, at:

The links to Module 13 materials below go to the updated 2016 version of Content of the IEP.


**Este módulo está disponible en español: El Contenido del IEP

Module 13 looks in detail at the information that must be included in the IEP of every child with a disability receiving special education and related services under IDEA. This is critical knowledge for families and school personnel to have!

The module  is available in English and Spanish, as you’ll see below. It includes:

  • a slideshow presentation in English;
  • a slideshow presentation in Spanish;
  • a Trainer’s Guide to the content; and
  • handouts for participants in English and in Spanish.

Please help yourself below, and download the components you need to learn on your own and/or to train others regarding the contents of the IEP under IDEA 2004.

Looking for just a quick summary?
If you’re merely looking for a quick summary of the IEP, not the lengthy and detailed explanation that Module 13 offers, we are pleased to direct you to just such a summary!

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Module 13 Materials

Now, here’s what’s available as part of Module 13. Pick and choose those files you need, for training or for professional development.

 Handouts for Participants
[The handout files below include those for updated Module 12 (The IEP Team), Module 13 (this module), and Module 14 (Meetings of the IEP Team).]
English, PDF (1.5 MB) and/or English, accessible Word file (170 kb)
Spanish, PDF (1.2 MB) and/or Spanish, accessible Word file (180 kb)

There! You’re all set to go for Module 13.

Please remember that these materials are designed to be a  thorough and authoritative source of info on the contents of the IEP, as required by IDEA 2004. That’s why they are so detailed. As a trainer, you are free to adapt the info we’ve offered to serve the purposes and needs of your audiences and the amount of time you have to spend with them.


Note about the Spanish Translations:
In preparing the handouts in Spanish, we chose to use a certain vocabulary set for the terminology most frequently used in IDEA. IDEA itself is extremely and purposefully consistent about its terminology, and we felt it critical to do the same in Spanish. However, we fully recognize that there are many ways to say the same thing, and Spanish is rich with alternatives from country to country, region to region. So we’ve also prepared a glossary of the terminology used in IDEA, how we’ve rendered that terminology in Spanish, and other ways of rendering it that families may also hear. Share this with participants as you see fit or use it to guide your own translations. The glossary of terminology is available in two formats, PDF and Word:

  • PDF | Glossary of English-Spanish Terminology
  • Word | Glossary of English-Spanish Terminology

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Quick-Jump Menu to Other Modules
1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education
2: Key Changes in IDEA
5: Disproportionality in Special Education (updated version, 2020)
6: Early Intervening Services and Response to Intervention
7: Highly Qualified Teachers (withdrawn with the reauthorization of NCLB as the ESSA in 2015)
9: Introduction to Evaluation under IDEA
10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation
11: Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
12: The IEP Team
13: Content of the IEP (you’re here!)
14: Meetings of the IEP Team
15: LRE Decision Making
16: Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools
17: Introduction to Procedural Safeguards
18: Options for Dispute Resolution
19: Key Issues in Discipline

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SOURCE ARTICLE: Center for Parent Information and Resources