ERIC Number: ED224623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Competency-Based Inservice Training for Personnel Serving Handicapped Preschoolers. Final Report.
Stile, Stephen W.; Wachtel, William J.
Teachers who have been trained to work with normal young children (early childhood certification) or with older handicapped children (special education certification) are often unprepared to assume the multiple responsibilities of the teacher of preschool handicapped children. The purpose of this project was to address this need by implementing and maintaining a competency-based inservice training program within the College of Education at New Mexico State University (NMSU). The project's service delivery model was designed to reflect the state's rural remoteness (e.g., summer campus-based training with field-based academic year "special problems" follow-up) and tricultural diversity. During the second and third years of the project, 28 leadership personnel were brought to the NMSU campus for 5 weeks of intensive didactic and "hands-on" inservice instruction. In-state tuition and $75-a-week traineeships were provided by the project. The majority of these personnel (representing 23 or 72% of New Mexico's 32 counties) are currently providing inservice training upon request in their own or contiguous counties and employing project-acquired competencies in their home programs. Among project-supported activities were provision of a regional infant, toddler, and preschool education of the handicapped conference attended by 74 New Mexico preschool personnel and development of of a materials collection within NMSU's College of Education. (Author)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Competency Based Teacher Education, Cultural Pluralism, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Preschool Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Rural Areas, Special Education, Special Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: New Mexico