NASET / AASEP - Board Certification in IEP Development (BCIEP) Program

BCIEP FAQFrequently Asked Questions

What is an IEP?

An Individualized Education Program is also known as an IEP. This is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child with an identified disability who is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services. The IEP is developed by a team of individuals from various educational disciplines, the child with a disability, family members, and/or designated advocates. The IEP guides the delivery of special education supports and services for the student with a disability. Without a doubt, writing--and implementing--an effective IEP requires teamwork.

The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability. To create an effective IEP, parents, teachers, other school staff--and often the student--must come together to look closely at the student’s unique needs. These individuals pool knowledge, experience and commitment to design an educational program that will help the student be involved in, and progress in, the general curriculum.

It is useful to know, however, that states and local school systems often include additional information in IEPs in order to document that they have met certain aspects of federal or state law. The flexibility that states and school systems must design their own IEP forms is one reason why IEP forms may look different from school system to school system or state to state. Yet each IEP is critical in the education of a child with a disability.

What is IEP Development?

In developing a student's IEP, it is the responsibility of the district committee for special education (sometimes called the IEP Committee) to recommend goals and services that will assist the student to be involved and progress in the general education curriculum (or for preschool students, in appropriate activities). This means that members of this district wide committee will need to consider both the State's specific learning standards as well as the school- based instructional curriculum, which should be aligned to the State’s learning standards. They will need to know the expectations of the general education classroom for the corresponding age of the student both in terms of what learning is expected (general curriculum) as well as how the students are expected to access/demonstrate that learning. This information will assist the Committee in determining if the student needs adaptations, accommodations, or modifications to the general curriculum for all or part of his/her learning.

When developing an IEP, specific content is federally mandated, and therefore must be included:

  1. A statement of the child's present levels of academic achievement and functional performance
  2. A statement of measurable annual goals, including academic and functional goals

  3. A description of

    • (i) How the child's progress toward meeting annual goals be measured

    • (ii) When periodic reports on the progress the child is making toward meeting the annual goals (such as through the use of quarterly or other periodic reports, concurrent with the issuance of report cards) will be provided

  4. A statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services, based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable, to be provided to the child, or on behalf of the child, and a statement of the program modifications or supports for school personnel

  5. An explanation of the extent, if any, to which the child will not participate with nondisabled children in the regular class and in the activities

  6. A statement of any individual appropriate accommodations

  7. The projected date for the beginning of the services and modifications and the anticipated frequency, location, and duration of those services and modifications.

  8. Transition services - Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities.

Who Can Benefit by Becoming Board Certified in IEP Development?

This program will be available to the following professionals*:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Director
  • Educational Lawyers
  • Advocates in Special Education
  • Administrators in Special Education
  • School Psychologists
  • Special Education Case Managers
  • Behavior Therapists
  • Special Education Case Managers
  • General Education Teachers
  • Speech and Language Pathologist or Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Vocational Therapists
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Music Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Dance Therapists
  • Rehabilitation Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Graduate Students in Special Education (with a degree in education)

* IMPORTANT NOTE - All the above professionals must meet the Educational Requirement (see below)

What Are the Requirements to be Accepted into the BCIEP Program?

To enroll in the Board Certification in IEP Development program (BCIEP), a candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in their respective professional field and be certified or licensed in their profession (where required). Proof of the qualifications can be legible copies of transcripts, degree, certificate or license sent to NASET.

Can I Enroll if I Do Not Meet the Educational and or Certification Requirements Criteria

You may enroll to complete the program; however, Board Certification in IEP Development cannot be conveyed without the required degree or professional certification/licensure.

Can I Receive Professional or Educational Credit for Completion of the Modules?

That would depend upon many factors. Primary amongst them is the credit requirements for acceptance of by your school, district or governmental agency. All Modules have been rated by NASET/AASEP in study hours. The number of study hours is indicated on each Module certificate which also contain your name, the Module title, and the date of completion. 

How Much Does the Program Cost? 

The cost for NASET members is $950.00 in one payment or you can choose to pay for each of the 6 modules at $195.00/each. (Non-members pay $1,100 in one payment or $225/module).

Do I Need to be a Member of NASET or AASEP to Apply for BCIEP?

No. Although NASET or AASEP membership does provide a discount, we do not require you to be a member of NASET or AASEP to apply.

Is There an Application Fee?

No. There is no application fee to apply for the BCIEP program.

How Long Does it Take to Complete the BCIEP Program?

Since the modules and examinations are available online 24/7, the time it takes is totally up to you. The only limitations are that you complete the 6 Modules within 2 years of your application acceptance. If you start with the NASET member’s discounted fees, your membership must remain active throughout the period, during which you are completing the requirements.

After Completion of All Requirements, How Long Does it Take to Attain the Designation of BCIEP?

Once you have completed the Module requirements, your credentials are presented to the Board for approval. The time from program completion to attaining BCISE certification documentation is approximately 10 business days.

Will I Need to Renew My Certification?

Yes. All candidates who complete the Board Certification in IEP Development program must renew their certification annually with the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET). The annual BCIEP certification renewal fee for NASET Members is $125.00. Non-members renewal fee is $165.00. DOWNLOAD BCIEP RENEWAL FORM

Do I Need to Travel to a Location to Access Materials, View a Lecture or Take the Examinations?

No. Our Units, Modules and examinations are all online. There is no need to travel to access anything. The entire program, from start to finish, can be done in the comfort of your home, office or wherever you choose.

Are There Specific Start Dates to Begin the BCIEP Program?

No, you can begin to start a Module whenever you choose. You work and study at your own pace. As soon as you are notified of your access via email, your access has been “turned on” so that you may begin at your convenience. The module in question will then show as active in the Module Access Portal.

When Can I Take the Examination for a Given Module?

That is also completely up to you. You work and study for an examination at your own pace. There is no specific examination date. You set the pace of the program based on your availability.

If I Do Not Pass the Examination,  Will I Be Given Another Chance?

Yes. You are allowed 3 attempts to complete each of the 6 Module examinations.

How Do I Advance to the Next Module After I Complete the Latest Examination?

Once you receive a score of 80% or higher on a Module Examination, you can then print a certificate of successful completion. You will need to provide this certificate to the Career Center at NASET by email, fax or mailing. The following is information for each method to send the certificate: Email – careercenter@naset.org Fax: 800-424-0371 or by mail: NASET Career Center, 3642 E. Sunnydale Drive, Chandler Heights, AZ 85142. Lastly payment must be completed before any module is activated.

What Do I Do if I Have Technical Issues with Online Module Access or Examinations?

Contact the NASET Career Center at careercenter@naset.org or call us at 800-754-4421 ext 102

How Will I Know When Or if I Have Access to a Given Module?

You will receive an emailed notification that access to the next Module has been activated. You can also see active links for modules with access turned on for you in the Module Access Portal page* (Please note – You must be logged in to see the Module Access Link(s))   

Who Do I Contact If I Have Any Questions About the BCIEP Program?

Contact the NASET Career Center at careercenter@naset.org or call us at 800-754-4421 ext 102


BCIEP Application - Click here  

BCIEP Module/Unit Summaries - Click here

BCIEP Requirements and Cost - Click here

BCIEP Payment & Renewal Forms - Click here

BCIEP Handbook - Click Here

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