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OCDE Special Education Services

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Analee Kredel
Chief of Special Education Services Division​

​It is the goal of the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Special Education Services Division to provide the most meaningful educational program designed to meet each student’s individual needs. This goal emphasizes the teaching of skills aligned with California State Standards and are critical to the present and future needs of our students.​


The OCDE Special Education Services Division operates Connections - Empowering Every Learner. Connections has 48 classes on 13​ different school sites throughout Orange County. Students are referred to our programs from their district of residence. Educational programs are provided to meet the needs of the following types of students:

  • Students with the most significant disabilities
  • Students with emotional disturbance disabilities
  • Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)


Our Connections programs offer a low student-to-staff ratio in structured classroom settings.  Connections provides access to state standards with curriculum that is designed to meet the unique needs of our students. In addition, emphasis is placed on addressing the emotional and behavioral needs of our students. Connections also provides opportunities for career technical education (CTE), community-based instruction and vocational training for the students. 

It is my pleasure to continue to support Connections​ students and families.​

Analee E. Kredel, Chief​ of the Special Education Services Division