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ERIC Number: ED310600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
P.L. 99-457 and Teacher Education: Are We Ready?
Steinmiller, Georgine; Bell, David
This paper addresses the implications of Public Law 99-457, (the Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments of 1986, which mandates that by 1990-91 all children that qualify for special education should have access to services from birth onward), with particular attention to the training needs of personnel serving handicapped children ages 0-5. Some issues associated with providing training for this personnel group include: (1) determining who is responsible for the training programs, which are not currently the domain of any one professional group; (2) revision of the curriculum to provide the extended amount of experience and course work necessary; (3) provision of quality training; (4) consideration of job mobility and the hiring problems of personnel trained under these programs; and (5) identification of needed competencies. The State Education Department of Arkansas has drafted suggestions of competencies needed by personnel working with preschool handicapped populations. The paper presents a set of competencies based on the Arkansas suggestions, guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and suggestions of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division of Early Childhood. Detailed competencies are outlined for the areas of multidisciplinary approach, assessment, programming, professional practice, issues and ethics, theories and history, and field experiences. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments 1986