ERIC Number: ED429401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Blindness and Visual Impairment: Personnel Needs. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This report examines policy issues related to the preparation of educators working with children who are blind or visually impaired. Forty-five state directors of special education were surveyed on the status of personnel serving children with blindness and low vision, recruitment and retention efforts, certification and credentialing, accuracy of "child count" reports, and collaboration for personnel preparation. Results indicate: (1) the majority of respondents place a high priority on personnel shortages of teachers of children with visual impairments, orientation and mobility instructors, and teachers of children with deaf-blindness; (2) only 56 percent of respondents indicated that their efforts to minimize shortages were satisfactory; (3) strategies used to reduce shortages include distance education, stipends for course work, scholarships and tuition reimbursements, prioritization of low incidence personnel preparation, inclusion in state improvement plan/grants, reciprocity agreements, Department of Education support of personnel preparation positions, and collaborative programming and funding activities with institutions of higher education (IHEs); (4) only 44 percent of respondents reported their state has a specialized program to prepare personnel for these positions; (5) the majority of respondents believe that the child count data are accurate; and (6) many states are finding it helpful to collaborate with IHE in combating personnel shortages. (CR)
Descriptors: Blindness, Elementary Secondary Education, Orientation, Preservice Teacher Education, State Departments of Education, State Programs, State Surveys, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Universities, Visual Impairments
Project FORUM; Tel: 703-519-3800 (voice); Tel: 703-519-7008 (TDD) (available in alternative formats).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Produced by Project FORUM at NASDSE.