ERIC Number: ED462777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Preparation of Rural Personnel To Serve Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families: A Multi-University Consortium. Final Report.
Rule, Sarah; Rowland, Cynthia
The purposes of this project were to prepare students in rural and remote regions to receive Utah's birth-to-five preschool special education certificate and to enhance the quality of their preparation. The project proposed to: (1) support preparation for certification of at least 50 students who were residents of and serving preschoolers in rural and remote areas; (2) recruit students from diverse cultures, specifically targeting Native Americans; (3) adapt the multidisciplinary program of studies in early childhood special education for distance delivery; (4) coordinate delivery of the distance education certification program through a multi-university consortium; and (5) provide on-site facilitators to aide in course delivery and supervision. The program was multidisciplinary, requiring that students complete coursework in family and human development, special education, psychology and communicative disorders (language development). It included coursework in assistive and instructional technology, and a seminar co-taught by a parent of a child with a disability with a practicum conducted in the home of host families of children with disabilities. As a multi-university effort, the project combined the resources of Utah's two institutions of higher education that offer the birth to 5 special education teaching certificate (Utah State University and University of Utah), and utilized the distance education facilities of both institutions. The project exceeded its recruitment goal and was able to deliver the program to virtually all areas of the state. While students progressed toward completion of certification requirements at a slower rate than anticipated, 27 had completed them at the time this report was written and 36 more were actively pursuing them. The State Office of Education continued to support the program after the period of federal funding. This report includes summaries of students' course evaluations, lists of articles published and presentations made by project staff, and an evaluation summary of the project. (Author/SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan.