ICT is an instructional model that allows students with disabilities to be educated with age‐appropriate peers without disabilities in the general education classroom with the support of a special education teacher to deliver specially designed instruction and accommodate and modify instruction, as needed. One general education and one special education teacher share accountability for the planning, delivery of instruction, and assessment for all students. Teachers collaboratively plan, prepare, and facilitate lessons, activities, and projects. Co‐teachers must be provided regular common planning time during the work day (i.e., time dedicated for Professional Development; time dedicated for Other Professional Work; professional activity assignments; and prep periods). They should also participate together in professional development to learn the various models of co‐teaching and the appropriate uses and limitations of each model. ICT may be provided full‐time, for less than the entire day, or on an individual subject basis, as set out in IEP recommendations based on each student’s individual need.
For more information, see the UFT's Q&A on the Issues column about ICT/Co-Teaching classes.