ERIC Number: ED342525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-20
Reference Count: N/A
Recruiting and Supporting Special Education Trainees for Rural, Isolated Communities.
Jensen, Mary Cihak; Bernhardt, Victoria L.
To address the shortage of special education teachers, California State University (CSU), Chico in collaboration with rural, isolated school districts in CSU's service area, designed a two-year, on-the-job training program that recruited, prepared, and supported new special education teachers. Candidates, selected collaboratively by the University and the school district, were recruited from among regular class teachers, teacher education students, re-entry educators, and current part-time substitute teachers. The 20 selected candidates received a modest stipend to defray the costs of commuting, fees, and texts. Training was available at regional sites via interactive instructional television and in an intensive campus summer session. A support system was developed by the district and University staff members to increase communication and provide supervision for the interns who were located in isolated, rural areas. In addition, each candidate was assigned a fully credentialed special education teacher to offer peer support. A survey comparing interns with students in the regular special education program at the University indicates that interns had many years of teaching experience and a strong support structure as a major incentive for involvement. The students in the regular, non-intern program believe a support system would be beneficial in their training. A longitudinal study is in progress to follow both interns and regular students to assess effectiveness and differences of programs. (LP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Rural Areas, Special Education Teachers, Student Recruitment, Teacher Interns, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: California