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ERIC Number: ED537773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Impending Shortage of Special Education Faculty: A Summary
Smith, D. D.; Young, C.; Montrosse, B.; Tyler, N. C.; Robb, S. M.
Claremont Graduate University (NJ1)
This document highlights the major findings of a four-year study about the supply and demand of special education college and university faculty. The Special Education Faculty Needs Assessment (SEFNA) project concluded its data collection efforts in July of 2011. This national study continued the work of previous efforts that found the shortage of faculty was, in part, responsible for the persistent shortage of effective teachers. SEFNA is the most comprehensive study to date. Over 300 program administrators and almost 1,900 then-current doctoral students and recent graduates assisted with this national effort. Findings of the SEFNA project show that the federal role in preparing doctoral students is important. Despite being responsible for a substantially increased supply of new doctoral graduates, upcoming retirements will cause a shortage of special education faculty of the magnitude never seen before. In this document, the authors suggest solutions, but most importantly they call for action now. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
Claremont Graduate University. School of Educational Studies, 150 East Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711. Tel: 909-621-8000; Fax: 909-621-8734; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: Claremont Graduate University