Special Education Programs & Services at PCTI
The Superintendent and Board of Education at Passaic County Technical Institute are dedicated to serving the needs of classified students throughout the county. 20% of all the openings for incoming students are reserved for classified student applicants. These students are eligible for special education services with individual Educational Plans (I.E.P.)
Through the concerted efforts of the Child Study Team members, speech therapists, crisis & SAC counselors, and transition coordinator, we strive to assist students in developing to their full potential both in academic and vocational areas so that they can take their places as contributing members of the community and the nation. We encourage the development of self-aware young adults who can advocate for themselves in the future.
The needs of classified students are overseen by the Child Study Team Department. PCTI has four Child Study Teams – each team consists of a psychologist, a social worker, and a learning disability teacher consultant. Each classified student has a case manager who is one of the members of the Child Study Team. The case managers ensure that the students receive an appropriate educational & vocational program that meets their unique needs. Academic options are considered on an individual basis at every Annual Review Meeting.
The classified students at PCTI are afforded a variety of academic options. These include:
- General Education Courses – with modifications provided as stipulated in the student’s I.E.P.
- In Class Support General Education Courses – These classes have both a general education content area teacher as well as a certified Teacher of Students with Disabilities.
- Resource Center Courses – Replacement classes based on the general education curricula for those students in need of slightly modified curricula, smaller classes, and employing diverse modalities.
- Learning Disabled Courses – Replacement classes for struggling learners who need a highly modified curriculum and slower pacing.
- Special Needs Courses – Replacement classes offering individualized instruction for students with severe learning disabilities and/or cognitive impairment.
- Self-Contained Deaf Courses – Classes taught in all academic areas by teachers of the Deaf utilizing American Sign Language as the basis for communication.
Classified students apply to and are accepted into all of the vocational programs offered at PCTI for which they are qualified. In addition to the full range of general education vocational areas, there are 4 vocational areas that are open to only classified students: Allied Health (an adjunct of the Medical Arts Program), Building Maintenance (an adjunct of the Construction Trades Program), Clerical Skills ( an adjunct of the Business Program), and Kitchen Personnel (an adjunct of the Culinary Arts Program).
Speech and Language Therapy:
PCTI has 2 speech therapists who provide speech & language services. Our therapists and their unique program were featured on “Classroom Close-Up” an NJEA television program highlighting instructional programs and practices throughout New Jersey.
PCTI provides counseling through the services of the Child Study Team members, guidance counselors, Crisis Counselor and S.A.C. personnel. These services range from group counseling sessions, that deal with the common age-related issues our students are struggling with, to, more intensive, one-on-one counseling sessions, for those in need of greater support.
The Transition Coordinator is responsible for assisting students in developing and moving into their post-graduation plans.
Sign Language Interpretation:
New Jersey certified Educational Interpreters for the Deaf accompany all hearing –impaired students into classes that do not have a teacher of the Deaf.