- The definition of special education is a form of learning provided to students with exceptional needs, such as students with learning disabilities or mental challenges.
An example of special education is the type of reading help that is provided to a student who is dyslexic.
special education definition by Webster's New World
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educational programs and practices designed for students, as handicapped or gifted students, whose mental ability, physical ability, emotional functioning, etc. requires special teaching approaches, equipment, or care within or outside a regular classroom
special education definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Classroom or private instruction involving techniques, exercises, and subject matter designed for students whose learning needs cannot be met by a standard school curriculum.