ERIC Number: ED477880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Preparation of Personnel To Serve Children with High-Incidence Disabilities: Learning, Emotional, and Behavioral Disabilities Teacher Preparation Program (LEBD). Final Report.
This final report discusses the activities and outcomes of a preservice teacher education master's degree program designed to prepare high quality minority teachers of students with learning, emotional, and behavioral disabilities to work with students with high-incidence disabilities and their families, who represent the cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic diversity that characterizes large, urban areas. The project provided students from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities, with the knowledge and skills needed to attain initial Florida State certification in learning disabilities (LD) and emotional disturbances (ED). Preparation efforts focused on research-based strategies for assessing and teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students with LD and ED in both special and general education settings. Twenty-seven students started, completed, and graduated from the program. Of the total, 14 graduates were minority students and 4 had a certified disability. Teachers gained knowledge and skills in communicating effectively with students with disabilities and their families as well as with other professionals. Assessment procedures, instructional methods, and collaboration and consultation approaches were learned and practiced in a variety of field experiences in schools and clinical settings. The majority of participants expressed overall satisfaction with the program and felt prepared to teach. (CR)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Field Experience Programs, Language Minorities, Learning Disabilities, Masters Programs, Minority Group Children, Minority Group Teachers, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Teachers with Disabilities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL. School of Education.