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ERIC Number: ED369615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Multi-University Consortium for Teacher Training: A Model for Pre-Service Training in Rural Areas.
Robins, Kathleen
A consortium of universities in Utah developed a teacher training program in sensory impairments to address a long-term critical shortage of teachers qualified to service hearing-impaired/deaf and visually-impaired/blind students. The teacher shortage was a direct result of program cuts at the University of Utah. An advisory board was selected to represent the various factions that were impacted by or could impact the teacher shortage and the training model. The involvement of the three major teacher training institutions in the state enables students in rural areas to participate while remaining in their communities. Teacher trainees take a portion of their required courses through the regular university program at their home university. Specialized courses in hearing impairments or visual impairments are taught in only one location, but delivered to remote regions of the state through video technology, including interactive television. Students accomplish practica through traditional student teaching experiences; where possible, summer student teaching at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind; or through supervision by teachers already employed as teachers of sensory-impaired students. In the 4 years of the project, 59 teachers have completed training. Over 2,000 Utah public school students with sensory impairments now have an appropriate teacher-training support system. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah