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Special education terminology – by Dean Traylor – Helium

January 22, 2017

Special education has a “special” language all its own. Those outside the field will hear a plethora of acronyms and jargons that are very unique to the profession. Even those within the special education sphere may become confused by the ever-growing list of terms associated with it.

Below is a list of acronyms and terms often associated with special education. Some have been used for decades while others such as RTI have come into use in the last few years. Still, this compiled list is only a fraction of the types of language used among special educators. A full list may fill several volumes of books, and the type of disabilities associated with special education may fill even more volumes (which is why they are not included in this list).



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