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ERIC Number: ED439888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Two Preservice Teachers with Special Needs and Their Rights: What If Their Teacher Education Experiences Had Gone Awry?
Harrison, Suzanne; Lemke, June Canty
Adaptations, accommodations, and creative use of alternative approaches can make a difference in the success or failure of many college students, particularly those with disabilities. Gonzaga University (Washington) has implemented a holistic admissions process that has resulted in higher completion rates and the recruitment of more students from underrepresented groups. A manual is given to preservice teachers advising them of their rights and responsibilities and informing them of the monitoring processes used. Faculty are notified each semester of accommodations that preservice teachers with disabilities need to be successful. The semester before student teaching, prospective candidates attend a meeting explaining application procedures and general information about the upcoming experience. Just prior to student teaching, an orientation meeting is held. During student teaching, a university supervisor assigned to each student teacher observes the preservice teacher and acts as a liaison between the school and university. Student teachers attend several seminars during student teaching. A remediation plan is developed for those who have difficulty, and if the student teacher cannot meet the competencies of the plan, the experience is terminated. Those students get a second chance the following semester. On completion of student teaching, a review board discusses the final evaluation and recommends teacher certification. The experiences of two preservice teachers with disabilities are described to show how extra care and attention to individual needs can foster success in situations that once were considered impossible or unrealistic. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990