Develop an understanding of the historical background of special education in the United States as well as local, state and national legislation that affects special education. Evaluate the five main principles that form the legal underpinnings of special education law: free appropriate public education, least restrictive environment, parent and student participation, Individualized Education Program (IEP), and due process protections. Apply knowledge of exceptional learners to the development of Response to Intervention and Individual Education Plans and integrate with effective collaborative and inclusive teaching practices.