Special Education Mediation Training Courses

Become a certified education mediator to help special education families and schools act in a child’s best interests.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitles any child with disabilities to a free public education. The goal of IDEA is to give the child a less-restrictive environment that supports their learning and development.

However, schools and parents don’t always agree on the best course of action for the child. Special education mediators help parents and schools come together to make a plan that best serves the child’s needs. 

Instead of getting stuck in an unproductive loop of negativity or blame, mediation solves special education disputes with an 85% success rate. CRT trains mediators to repair, instead of damage, relationships between parents and the schools their children attend. We’ll train you how to be a skilled, impartial mediator that brings fresh ideas and new approaches to the table, benefiting everyone involved. 

Special Education Mediation Training

Conflict Resolution Training offers Special Education Mediation Training for special education teachers and professionals interested in resolving organizational disputes in government settings and IEP disputes in educational settings. The best part is that we offer both live interactive online courses as well as on-site classes to make earning credits toward your certification easier than ever.

Whether online or on-site, our mediation training courses for special education professionals feature an exciting combination of group exercises, live interactive lectures and collaborative learning. Conflict Resolution Training is the only mediation training company approved for Continuing Education Units in every state in the U.S.

​If you complete our online Special Education Mediation program, you’ll be able to offer mediation services in any U.S. state, not just your home state.

Benefits of Becoming a Special Education Mediator

When you become a special education mediator, you can provide valuable services to parents, students and school districts. CRT offers online mediation courses for special education teachers in every state. Our instructors have expertise in multiple grievance processes, negotiation techniques, conflict resolution systems and litigation.

​As a special education mediator, you’ll make sure that every individual’s voice is heard — whether they’re parents, students, teachers or other education professionals. As a mediator, you’ll bring an unbiased perspective to the table and help all involved re-examine their ideas as well as come to new conclusions.

​When you enroll in mediation training for special education professionals at CRT, you’ll have the option to take live online courses from experienced instructors and be able to work in any U.S. state. If you’re a professional looking to receive Continuing Education Units or CEUs to put toward licensure maintenance, you can do that as well.

In our mediation training courses for special education professionals, you’ll learn about:

  • Federal special education law and regulation
  • State education law and regulation
  • Key case law

Start mediating IEPs with CRT

CRT’s certified special education mediators offer an unbiased perspective to negotiations between parents and schools that can become heated. Our live education mediation training course taps into the expertise of knowledgeable instructors. 

Flexible course options are available

CRT offers our Special Education IEP Mediation course both online and on-site to meet your needs.

Online options
Become a certified special education mediator from the comfort of your home, with zero travel required. Learn from anywhere with our interactive online course. We’ll conduct group exercises, live lectures, and collaborative learning to arm you with the right tools for effective mediation. 

Online courses are available throughout the year with morning, afternoon, and night options to accommodate your schedule.

On-site options
Not a fan of online learning? CRT also offers in-person events held in locations throughout the US. We offer in-person education mediation training courses in:

  • Hershey, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sonoma, CA
  • Bloomington, IL
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Decatur, GA
  • Atlantic City, NJ
  • Washington, DC
  • Kennebunkport, ME
  • Chicago, IL
  • Albany, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Reno, NV
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Long Island, NY
  • Boulder, CO
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Allentown, PA

Whether you want to learn online or in-person, CRT offers the most flexible, effective education mediation training courses in the United States. Register now to begin mediating IEPs upon successfully completing your course.

FAQ's About Special Education Mediation

 Mediation is assisted negotiation which the parties have voluntarily chosen. The discussion is confidential, allowing people to speak in an unguarded manner, without being concerned about being quoted at a later date. This allows a flexibility in the negotiation process which conflict usually removes. The parties in the mediation self-determine the outcome. What does this mean? You select the process and you are in charge of the outcome.

Mediators seek to interrupt old and unproductive cycles of interaction. One of the mediator’s tasks is to ensure that each person at the table has a full voice and is heard. They pay attention to the comfort level of the participants, providing what is needed for people to be at their best as negotiators. They work to focus the discussion by asking questions and summarizing key points, identifying the issues, framing them carefully. They manage the issues and attend to sequence, timing and development. They facilitate a methodical process for people to move from voicing and revisiting a student’s circumstances to evaluating the usefulness and benefit of possible outcomes. They carefully conduct a process without directing the outcome. Bringing a mediator into the review of a student’s needs changes the way people communicate with each other, changes the process and, as a result, brings new possibilities for outcomes.

Yes. We provide both Online Mediation Services and On-site Mediation Services. The benefits of holding mediation sessions online include (1) the elimination of travel time and travel costs for all attendees; and (2) participation from a comfortable location, which often lessens anxiety.

A mediator should act in a way which doesn’t leave anyone with a perception of bias or unequal attention or treatment. Participants should feel no coercion from the mediator. A mediator should be competent to conduct a process where people can feel comfortable discussing difficult issues which concern them. The mediator should be knowledgeable of federal special education law and regulation, state education law and regulation as well as key case law. This is important to make sure that rights and obligations are fairly represented. Mediation provides some degree of flexibility in a highly regulated area. However, mediated agreements should reflect the guarantees in the framework of law and regulation.

Mediation must be jointly requested by parents and a school district. The earlier it is requested, the better. Continuing to bring the IEP Team back to the table with the same participants, same room, same agenda, same format, bears decreasing returns. Bringing in a mediator introduces a skilled and impartial facilitator to the table. A mediator helps people re-examine their thinking, assumptions and conclusions and encourages fresh thinking.

Why CRT?​

  1. CRT offers the only special education mediation training certification that qualifies you to mediate divorces in any state
  2. Our education mediation training courses are designed for mental health, legal, and special education professionals.
  3. You don’t need supervision to work with clients with the CRT program. Expand your income and set your own fees as a private practice education mediator with the tools we provide you.
  4. You’ll be allowed to start practicing and mediating IEPs immediately after successfully completing your CRT training. 
  5. Best of all, you can complete your coursework either online or in-person, learning on your own schedule. With in-person and online options, you’re able to learn in a way that fits your lifestyle. 
  6. Maintain your license with CRT. Our online education mediation training courses count toward licensure for special education professionals.

Flexible payment plans are available

CRT wants you to have access to the education you need to succeed. Learn more about our flexible payment options.