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Special Education Programs & Resources

Lakes Country Academy (LCA)

Lakes Country Academy (LCA), a Setting IV program, was created to serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorders/Emotional Behavior Disorders. LCA exists to serve students with educational and behavioral challenges by providing transformational support and skills (through evidence-based practices) in a highly individualized environment. LCA's vision is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential as individuals in order to contribute to all aspects of their community.
LCA was established in 2017 and currently serves over 25 member districts in Region IV with LCA locations in both Alexandria and Fergus Falls Minnesota. 

 Low Incidence (LI) Programs

The Region IV Low Incidence Project facilitates the use of diverse and scarce resources to meet the needs of students with challenging needs. The special programs group provides numerous professional development activities on a variety of topics. The program provides service to nine special education cooperatives/districts. The Region IV Low Incidence projects are funded by two federal grants: Low Incidence and Regional Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (R-CSPD).

Support offered for the following low incidence and special education areas:

Community of Practice

Join other Region IV Teachers in working together in a Community of Practice (CoP) to support equitable and accessible educational services. We have created these groups to provide you with topics and presentations that will address concerns and challenges you face in your classrooms on a daily basis.

Community of Practice Groups 

Pathways to Licensure

Through a partnership with Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Moorhead Area Public Schools, Fargo Public Schools, West Fargo Public Schools, and Minnesota State University Moorhead continuing studies coursework is offered that can be taken for continuing education (CEUs) or taken for graduate credit and even applied toward a master’s degree in special education. The course is designed to meet Minnesota teacher licensure standards & is offered at a greatly reduced cost.

You may take the course for CEUs or for three graduate credits that can be applied for teacher licensure in ND & MN.

Course Offerings

Specialized Training

Science of Reading (LETRS I & II)





Early Childhood Center of Excellence

Further Information

For more information:

Mary Ann Martin - Special Education Specialist & Regional Low Incidence Facilitator (RLIF) 

Josh Nelson - Director of Educational Programs 

Mandy Almquist - Special Education Assistant