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ERIC Number: ED417918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Special Education Administration Training for Rural Minority School Leaders: A Funded Proposal.
Monteith, Dianne S.
Implementing the least restrictive environment or full inclusion philosophy places new demands on public school personnel. In particular, principals must command an understanding of special education to implement procedural requirements effectively and to provide appropriate educational services for disabled students in their schools. However, research has shown that: (1) many principals lacked formal training in special education but were interested in receiving such training; (2) principals were reluctant to assume new responsibilities related to special education due to their lack of training; (3) only a third of the states required administrators to have a knowledge of special education law; and (4) over half of the school administration graduate programs surveyed had no special education requirements. A survey of 120 administrators enrolled in graduate programs at South Carolina State University (SCSU) found that the great majority had no formal training in special education, felt that an effective school leader needed such training, and would be interested in participating. A total of 21 administrator competencies in special education are listed in the categories of core competencies, assessment, and special problems or topics. SCSU has received a 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund a 15-credit concentration in special education for administrators. The five courses in the concentration are briefly described. Contains 28 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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