ERIC Number: ED466072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Special Educators To Meet the Needs of Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities. Final Report.
This final report describes the activities and outcomes of a University of Northern Colorado project designed to enhance programs for preparing teachers to work with students with sensory impairments from linguistically diverse backgrounds. Project accomplishments included: (1) financially supporting 18 trainees who were pursuing a graduate degree in 1 of the 3 low-incidence programs at the University of Northern Colorado (hearing, vision, or multiple disabilities); (2) developing a course that introduced issues related to the educational needs of students with low-incidence disabilities who come from multicultural communities; (3) infusing competencies addressing the needs of linguistically diverse students with low-incidence disabilities within existing courses; (4) targeting recruiting efforts to attract qualified bilingual trainees, or trainees interested in developing second language competences and teaching students from non-English speaking communities; (5) conducting a multi-state needs assessment of current practices and competencies needed by teachers working with linguistically diverse students with low-incidence disabilities; (6) supplementing a resource library with assessments and instructional materials designed for linguistically diverse students; and (7) establishing an advisory committee to guide the project in achieving its goals. An appendix contains a survey from the needs assessment. (CR)
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Course Content, Elementary Secondary Education, Hearing Impairments, Higher Education, Language Minorities, Low Incidence Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. Coll. of Education.