ERIC Number: ED442246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Selected State Strategies for Addressing Personnel Shortages in the Area of VI. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
This report provides an overview of selected state strategies for addressing personnel shortages in the area of visual impairments. Innovative or alternative routes to certification in six states (Texas, Hawaii, Iowa, North Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia) are profiled to give specific examples of state approaches to personnel preparation and certification in this area. Telephone interviews were conducted with state directors of special education, other state education agency staff, educational service center staff, superintendents and administrators from schools for students with blindness, and administrators and faculty from institutions of higher education (IHEs). The interviews took place in August and September 1999 and lasted between 30 to 90 minutes each. A total of 13 people were interviewed. For each state, the origin, components, recruitment efforts, funding, and outcomes of the alternative certification program are described. Results of the survey indicate that all the states profiled use some sort of collaboration, including partnerships with IHEs, educational service centers, schools for the blind, and other state and local agencies. While some states rely on informal promotions of their certification programs, others target specific individuals or locations within the state in order to recruit students of a particular cultural or ethnic background. (CR)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Financial Support, Higher Education, Interviews, Program Design, State Programs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Visual Impairments
Project FORUM at NASDE; Tel: 703-519-3800 (Voice); Tel: 703-519-7008 (TDD) (available in alternative formats).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii; Iowa; North Carolina; Texas; Utah; West Virginia