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ERIC Number: ED529730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
State-Level Efforts to Recruit and Retain Qualified Special Education Personnel Including Related Service Providers. inForum
Muller, Eve
Project Forum
Recruitment and retention of qualified education personnel remains an ongoing challenge and all 50 states have reported teacher shortages for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. Although there was some variation from state to state in terms of which types of personnel were most difficult to recruit and retain, a shortage of qualified special education and related services personnel was common to all states. According to the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (NCCTQ, 2006), the need for qualified special education teachers will continue to rise faster than all other types of teaching personnel through 2014. The Center on Personnel Shortages in Special Education reports that this staffing crisis also extends to related service providers (COPSSE, 2004). In response to the challenge to recruit and retain qualified special educators and related service providers, states and localities have implemented a range of recruitment and retention strategies. The purpose of this document is to describe some of the strategies states are using. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum