ERIC Number: ED478924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Routes to Teaching (ART): Qualifying Minority and Bilingual Paraeducators and Noncertified Substitutes for Urban, Multicultural Special Education Classrooms, 9/01/97-12/31/02. Final Report.
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of a 5-year project at the University of San Francisco (California) to recruit and train minority and bilingual paraeducators (instructional assistants and teacher aides) and noncertified substitute teachers to receive a special education (mild-moderate) credential and master's degree with an emphasis in urban, multicultural special education. The 2-year internship program used field-based training, instruction by urban education specialists, an integrated curriculum, intensive collaboration with local school districts, case-based instruction, continuous supervision, and authentic assessment of outcomes. Training emphasized direct application of theory into practice. The project's achieved objectives were: (1) recruitment of 40 paraeducators and substitutes from diverse and underrepresented groups; (2) provision of financial assistance for project candidates; (3) implementation of an urban, multicultural special education emphasis in training credential candidates; and (4) information dissemination about an alternative paraeducator-to-teacher model for preparing special educators to serve culturally and linguistically diverse children with disabilities. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco State Univ., CA.