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special education

[ spesh-uhl ej-oo-key-shuhn ]
/ ˈspɛʃ əl ˌɛdʒ ʊˈkeɪ ʃən /
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noun
specialized or modified instruction for students with unique learning needs, especially students with identified disabilities. Abbreviation: SPED
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Also called, Informal, spe·cial ed [spesh-uhl ed] /ˈspɛʃ əl ˈɛd/ .

Origin of special education

First recorded in 1920–25

usage note for special education

See special.
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