ERIC Number: ED343347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation of Issues Related to the Special Education Teacher Shortage in the State of Oklahoma.
Davis, JoAnne; And Others
This study evaluated the shortage of special education teachers in Oklahoma and presented a long term plan to meet this need. The study examined: (1) teacher shortages by category and geographic location in Oklahoma; (2) availability of individuals with the potential to be special education teachers; and (3) innovative recruitment and retention strategies. Following a chapter that addresses administrative components, the second chapter reports results of a survey of Oklahoma school district special education teacher needs. Results of a survey of special educators on their thoughts about retention and recruitment issues are reported in Chapter III. A survey of students at Oklahoma state universities majoring in general education and possibly interested in special education is reported in Chapter IV. Chapter V presents information received from State Departments of Education and university special education training programs throughout the United States. Chapter VI presents recommendations, addressing retention (at both state and local levels); recruitment (addressed to institutions of higher education and the State Department of Education); and certification (new certification, alternative certification, emergency certification, speech/language certification, undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and local education agencies). Appendices include the survey forms and a literature review. (24 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Administration, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Special Education Teachers, State Departments of Education, State Surveys, State Universities, Teacher Certification, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Oklahoma City. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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