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ERIC Number: ED359006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Finding and Keeping the Best: Three Years of Progress in Recruiting & Retaining Special Education Teachers.
Bernhardt, Victoria L.; Jensen, Mary Cihak
From September 1989 to August 1992, 151 intern-teachers participated in an alternative credential program to recruit, train, and support special education teachers in rural northeast California. Directed by California State University, Chico, in collaboration with school districts in its service area, the 2-year program was designed to alleviate the area's critical shortage of special education personnel. The program featured stipends for 51 participants, on-the-job training, pairing of each intern with a mentor teacher, coursework delivered over interactive instructional television, release time for interns to attend training and observation sessions, and supervision and support from university faculty. Annual participant evaluations of the program and other data were analyzed with regard to three major program objectives: teacher recruitment and retention; meeting the educational needs of the special educator; and reducing the hardships of obtaining a special education credential. As of August 1992, 72 special education positions in the area had been filled by program graduates or participants. Participant comments indicate that over 80 percent: (1) had entered the training primarily from a desire to help children; (2) were satisfied with their first year of teaching special education; and (3) expected to continue as special education teachers until retirement. Participants rated the program as effective to very effective, and expressed satisfaction with the support received from mentor teachers, principals, and colleagues. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California