The State Education Agency

The Office of Special Education

The Office of Special Education (OSE) is part of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The OSE is a regulatory agency that provides general supervision to public agencies in regards to the delivery of special education programs and services as required in federal and state law for approximately 211,000 eligible students with disabilities in the state of Michigan. The OSE provides special education due process as required in federal and state law for all Michigan children, students, and young adults with disabilities. The OSE administers the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) federal grant and is responsible for ensuring that public agencies meet the requirements of the IDEA, Michigan Compiled Law, and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE).

The OSE works with other offices within the MDE and Michigan’s system of 56 intermediate school districts (ISD) to ensure that special education programs and services are compliant with all laws and focus on improved outcomes for children, students, and young adults with disabilities. The structure of the OSE includes an administration unit, a program finance unit, a performance reporting unit, and a program accountability unit. The OSE has also established a number of projects supported through IDEA funding that target support and improvement efforts for specific special education issues. Through collaborative efforts with these projects, other offices within the MDE, each ISD, local districts, and other special education stakeholders, the OSE is continuously reviewing, upgrading, and improving its systems.

The website for the Office of Special Education is http://www.michigan.gov/ose-eis.