ERIC Number: ED342548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-18
Reference Count: N/A
Project TRAIN: A Competency Based Training Program for Birth to Three Professionals Who Work in Rural Areas.
Reid, Barbara J.; Bross, Mary
This paper describes Project TRAIN (Training Rural Area Interventionists to meet Needs), a federally-funded competency-based program that provides graduate-level preservice training for early intervention professionals interested in working with special-need infants, toddlers, and their families. In the third year of the program 19 trainees have participated in Project TRAIN on a part-time basis. Trainees were recruited from early childhood special education teachers and service providers from a variety of human service disciplines. The competencies training focuses on roles and skills needed by early interventionists who work in rural areas. These roles include: (1) direct service provider for infants, toddlers, and families; (2) transdisciplinary team member; (3) community networker; (4) facilitator of personnel and program development; and (5) director of own professional development. The 50 competencies are listed within the context of these roles. The graduate training program includes both existing and new coursework, two graduate practica and two graduate level seminars. The Supervisory Instrument of Gains and Needs to Assess Learners (SIGNAL) was designed to assess the level of competency achieved by early intervention personnel. The limitations of the program include difficulty in recruitment and inadequate staff time required to implement the program in addition to other university responsibilities. The benefits include the realization of a field-validated graduate training program that will be integrated into the university curriculum. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Whitewater.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin