ERIC Number: ED478561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Supply and Demand of Special Education Professionals. Synthesis Brief.
Muller, Eve; Markowitz, Joy
This paper summarizes key findings from three 2002 documents on availability of special education professionals: "The Supply and Demand of Special Education Teachers: The Nature of the Chronic Shortage of Special Education Teachers" (J. McLeskey and others); "Special Education Teacher Retention and Attrition" (B. Billingsley); and "The Proliferation of Alternative Routes to Certification in Special Education: A Critical Review of the Literature" (M. Rosenberg and P. Sindelar). The paper addresses the following topics: magnitude of the special education teacher shortage; factors influencing demand; factors influencing supply; reasons for low teacher supply; attrition and retention; filling teacher vacancies and reducing demand; and future research directions. Three policy recommendations for state and local education agencies emerged from analysis of these documents: (1) focus on strategies for supporting new special education teachers (e.g., mentoring, administrative support) in addition to recruitment strategies; (2) examine teacher roles, responsibilities and caseloads to ensure that educators have adequate time to focus on student and family needs; and (3) collaborate with institutions of higher education in developing and implementing alternative certification programs. (Contains 44 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Labor Market, Personnel Policy, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Trend Analysis
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808. For full text: http://www.nasdse.org/forum.htm.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Produced by Project FORUM at NASDE.