ERIC Number: ED306929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Infancy/Preschool Education Specialization.
Bondurant-Utz, Judith; Wyly, M. Virginia
The Infancy/Preschool Education Specialization program at the New York State University College at Buffalo is described. This personal training program prepares master's level candidates to become certified educators of infants and preschoolers with handicapping conditions. It is a cooperative program between the Exceptional Education, Psychology, and Speech Language Pathology and Audiology departments of the school, and students must take courses focusing on infant specialization from each department. It trains educators to serve both at-risk and preschool children and their families. Project goals are to: teach them to assimilate and use knowledge from many disciplines to assess at-risk infants and preschoolers; plan intervention methods; and work effectively with family members. Program components include training in infant/preschool assessment, developmental and neonatal intervention, managing family and child stress, and language and communication strategies. Practicum sites include infant and preschool intervention programs and medical and hospital programs. From 1985-1988, 14 educators have graduated from this program and 30 more are enrolled. Appended are a copy of the pre/post specialization questionnaire and a copy of the graduate exit evaluation form. Contains 3 references. (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Certification, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Education Majors, Family Counseling, Handicap Identification, High Risk Persons, Higher Education, Infants, Intervention, Masters Programs, Models, Practicums, Preschool Children, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires, State Colleges, State Universities, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Coll. at Buffalo.