ERIC Number: ED366150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Current and Projected Practices for Certification and Monitoring of Personnel Needs in Special Education.
Piercy, Sheryl W.; Bowen, Mack L.
Forty-eight chief state certification officers and 50 state Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) officers responded to a two-part survey on special education certification and the supply and demand of special education and related services personnel. Survey data were considered within the context of recently approved federal guidelines that expand the responsibilities associated with state CSPD plans. Trends were identified in the certification of special education teachers, including more noncategorical or less categorical certificates, more attention to specific teacher competencies, multiple routes to initial certification, and provision for emergency certification. Shortages of special education and related services personnel were identified, as were barriers to accurate monitoring of supply and demand. CSPD involvement in recruitment and monitoring of supply and demand prior to the implementation of the 1992 regulations was also described. Finally, areas where collaboration is needed among state education agencies, local education agencies, and institutions of higher education personnel were identified. Eight major conclusions and associated recommendations are offered. Appendices include both parts of the survey and the text of the 1992 federal regulations. (Contains 26 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Regulation, Higher Education, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Noncategorical Education, Personnel Needs, Pupil Personnel Services, Special Education Teachers, Staff Development, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Trend Analysis
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.