Special Education

Traverse City Area Public School provides services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that will meet the individual’s educational needs. The determination of the setting, services and programs is made in a collaborative effort with the student’s Individual Educational Planning Team.

Following an evaluation, a student’s planning team will recommend how and where to best meet the student’s educational needs. The child’s parent is an integral part of the team throughout the evaluation and educational planning process.

External LinkTraverse Bay Area Intermediate School District, provides many of the services that students may be eligible for within our school buildings. Services such as Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Schools Social Work, Teacher Consultants for students with visual impairments, hearing impairments and physical impairments can sometimes be provided in the neighborhood school.

When a child’s team determines there is a need for an increased service model, TBAISD operates many categorical classrooms. These classrooms are currently located in Traverse City. Should a child’s team determine a more restrictive placement is needed for educational success, TCAPS will work with the TBAISD along with MDE to assist in meeting the student’s needs.

TCAPS Special Education Programs and Resources

Traverse City Area Public Schools offers the following Special Education programs and resources:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) – TCAPS offers a half-day program for children, ages 3 to 5 years, who have developmental delays. 
  • Extended Resource and Self-Contained Classrooms – Available for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Services/programs are available upon determination to meet the student’s needs. This decision is made by the Individual Educational Planning (IEP) Committee. For additional information about services, please contact the district Special Education Office at 231.933.5691.
  • Resource Room Programs – A support system is available in all schools for children in kindergarten through 12th grade who are in need of regular instructors with modified studies and/or accommodations in order to be successful. Resource Room (RR) teachers have training in specific techniques to accommodate individual learning needs. Students in the program spend the majority of the school day in regular education classrooms.
  • Programs for students with behavioral and emotional difficulties are available upon the IEP team’s determination of need. 
  • Adaptive Technology – equipment and systems used to improve the functional capabilities of our students with disabilities.
  • Diagnostics and Evaluation
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Consultant Services
  • Homebound Services – for students who will be out of school 10 days or more due to illness or injury. PDF DocumentView TCAPS Board policy 2142 for the Homebound Instruction Program.
  • Ancillary Services – including:
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Visually Impaired Programming
    • Hearing Impaired Programming
    • Orientation & Mobility Programming
    • Speech/Language Services


Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE)


  • 340.1705 – Cognitive impairment (CI) 340.1711 – Early childhood developmental delay (ECDD)
  • 340.1706 – Emotional impairment (EI) 340.1713 – Specific learning disability (SLD)
  • 340.1707 – Hearing impairment (HI) 340.1714 – Severe multiple impairment (SXI)
  • 340.1708 – Visual impairment (VI) 340.1715 – Autism spectrum disorder (AI)
  • 340.1709 – Physical impairment (PI) 340.1716 – Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • 340.1709a – Other health impairment (OHI) 340.1717 – Deaf-blindness
  • 340.1710 – Speech and language impairment (SLI)
  • 340.1711 – Early childhood developmental delay (ECDD)
  • 340.1713 – Specific learning disability (SLD)
  • 340.1714 – Severe multiple impairment (SXI)
  • 340.1715 – Autism spectrum disorder (AI)
  • 340.1716 – Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • 340.1717 – Deaf-blindness