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ERIC Number: ED224940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Vocational/Special Education Certification: An Analysis of State Policies and Practices. Policy Research and Resource Series: Document 10.
Greenan, James P.; Larkin, Dave
A study determined the existing vocational/special education certification policies and practices in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and trust territories. A survey instrument collected data from the 55 state vocational special-needs consultants. The response rate was 85 percent (47 persons). Conclusions were that most states do not issue vocational/special education certification for vocational and special education personnel; coursework and occupational work experience are primary requirements for certification; undergraduate and graduate coursework is used to satisfy requirements for extended certification; most states offer K-12 special education certification; postsecondary or adult special education certification is almost non-existent; very few states waive the occupational work experience requirement for vocational education certification; a limited number of states require vocational educators to complete special education courses for vocational certification; competency-based teacher certification is having an impact on certification policies and practices; materials are needed by state leadership and planning personnel to aid in developing vocational/special education policies and practices; and, a need exists for state, regional, and national level conferences to assist state personnel in developing, implementing, and evaluating vocational/special education policies and practices. (The instrument is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Disabilities, Educational Research, Eligibility, National Surveys, Policy, Postsecondary Education, Required Courses, Secondary Education, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, State Licensing Boards, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Leadership Training Inst./Vocational and Special Education.
Note: For related documents see ED 194 743-745, ED 201 745, ED 208 225-227, and ED 216 164.