ERIC Number: ED381301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Preservice Model for Preparing Special Educators in Rural Areas: Specialized Competencies.
Carr, Sonya C.
The shortage of qualified special educators in Louisiana is critical, particularly in rural areas. Factors contributing to this shortage include low teacher salaries, reduction of tuition exemption for teachers taking certification courses, and higher tuition costs. University training programs must assist teachers in developing necessary competencies and prepare them to be responsive to the challenges they will face in rural communities. Specifically, there is evidence that effective rural special educators need consultation skills for conferencing and counseling parents and other family members, and training in the uses of computers for both instructional purposes and compensatory purposes in overcoming barriers to student learning. This paper describes Project ReSET (Recruit, Retrain, Retain Special Education Teachers in Rural Areas), a graduate teacher training program developed by Southeastern Louisiana University that seeks to increase the number of highly qualified special educators working in rural Louisiana. The program consists of 21 semester hours required for certification, and additional courses focusing on educational technology and working with families. Participants are certified in either mild/moderate or severe/profound impairments. Includes course descriptions for two courses entitled The Exceptional Family and Technological Applications in Special Education. (LP)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, Disabilities, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Southeastern Louisiana University
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.