ERIC Number: ED460563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
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Requirements for Conventional Licensure of Special Education Teachers.
Geiger, William L.
This report discusses outcomes of a study designed to update information on jurisdictional requirements for the conventional licensure of special educators and to extend inquiry into areas of special education licensure. Interviews were conducted and responses were received from 51 directors of licensure in state departments of education and the District of Columbia. Thirty-seven reported that significant changes in teacher licensure were underway. Informants reported on jurisdictions' use of national standards for the preparation of special education teachers. Standards promulgated by the Council for Exceptional Children were to some degree incorporated into the special education licensure standards of 29 jurisdictions. The study found that a substantial majority of jurisdictions have adopted licensure structures that include a mixture of categorical and non-categorical licensure options; jurisdictions have continued to show a decided preference for expansive age/grade range levels of licensure in special education; licensure in early childhood special education is now common among jurisdictions; 90% of the jurisdictions now require, or soon will require, some preparation of general educators to teach students with disabilities; and jurisdictions have significantly increased requirements for the assessment of teacher candidates in the last two decades. Appendices include assessments and data tables. (Contains 40 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Certification, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Knowledge Base for Teaching, National Standards, Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Competency Testing, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching (Occupation), Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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