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ERIC Number: ED529959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Mentoring Programs for Special Education Teachers: State Approaches. inForum
Muller, Eve; Burdette, Paula
Project Forum
Teacher shortages have been steadily increasing across the nation, particularly in the field of special education. According to analyses conducted by the Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education (COPSSE), reasons for this include the fact that veteran special education teachers are retiring at a faster rate than new teachers are being prepared (2004) as well as the fact that attrition rates among new special educators are extremely high--with new teachers frequently leaving the field after only one or two years in the classroom (2005). Teacher mentoring programs represent one possible solution to high teacher attrition rates and many states have passed legislation requiring mentoring for all first year teachers, including special education teachers. This document includes an overview of existing research on teacher mentoring, especially mentoring for special educators; identification of best practices in developing and implementing mentoring programs; and descriptions of several state-level special education mentoring programs based on interviews with program staff. This activity was completed as part of Project Forum at the National Association of Special Education Director's (NASDSE) cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Matrix showing characteristics of States' mentoring programs is appended. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Florida; Hawaii; Massachusetts; Oklahoma; United States; Washington