ERIC Number: ED098217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
[The Undergraduate Elementary/Special Education Program of the University of Delaware].
Delaware Univ., Newark. School of Education.
In response to shifting demand for teachers, a special education option was added to the University of Delaware's undergraduate elementary program. Without sacrifice of existing programs, college resources were reallocated to maximize the normalization of school services for educationally handicapped children. Thirty-six to 40 undergraduates per year complete the approved program in the specialty areas of mental retardation, behavior disorders, and learning disabilities; an equal number complete the elementary general program with an area of interest in special education. Training in both options is identical until the senior year when differentiated practice teaching is given. The dual track approach promotes mainstreaming by establishing a broad area of commonality in the training of both special and general elementary teachers. A heavy commitment to clinical training takes students into the schools during all four program years. Students are bused to local schools for methods demonstration and practice throughout the junior year. The senior practicum features a reciprocal arrangement in which each student receives supervision from a curriculum/methods specialist and diagnostic specialist both in seminar and on-site--this in addition to the daily supervision provided by the cooperating teacher. (Appendixes include the program's proposal, excerpts from the evaluation report, and a narrative description of the program.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark. School of Education.