ERIC Number: ED355706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Low-Incidence Special Education Teacher Preparation: A Supply and Capacity Pilot Study.
Bowen, Mack L.; Stearns, Keith E.
This study was designed to obtain information on the national supply of special education teachers of low incidence disabilities including training program capacity, individual training program characteristics, and projections of numbers of program graduates. A pilot survey instrument was developed and completed by 233 low incidence area special education teacher preparation programs. Areas surveyed were hearing impaired, deaf-blind, early childhood special education, visually impaired, multihandicapped, physically handicapped, bilingual special education, trainable mentally handicapped, and severe/profound impairments. Survey questions covered institutional program information, certification practices, student recruitment and retention, program capacity, graduate follow-up, and supply/demand projections. Findings are presented in narrative and tabular form according to overall program composites, by individual low-incidence disability area, and by topics of questions. Conclusions suggest specific areas of concern: institutional and State certification practices, program training capacity and graduates follow-up, and student recruitment and retention. Appendices include the survey instrument, a listing of the programs responding to the survey, and results of a follow-up survey of nonrespondents. (Contains 11 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Dept. of Specialized Educational Development.