Just to let you know, none of our high school core teachers are certified in special education. The only special education classes that are required for certification is one introductory class. Most of the teachers have Masters degrees but those are in their subject areas. If I don't help with my sped knowledge and paras, there would not be help. Thank you for seeing that there are situations where being certified in all areas is not always possible. As for working with other schools, in our area, for kids who have difficult behavior issues, there is a separate school they attend before returning to our school. Again as to sped, this includes most students with Learning Disabilities, Autism and ADHD that are in the regular classroom. See Catnfiddle post for what happens in my district.