ERIC Number: ED543671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Reference Count: 19
Key Issue: Recruiting Special Education Teachers
Putney, LaTisha L.
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
Qualified special education teachers have a strong foundation in pedagogy and are experts in the characteristics of students with disabilities. They have successfully completed several supervised field and clinical experiences, are adept in the skills of their respective specialty, and have passed the certification or licensure exam attesting to their fundamental and specific knowledge. Unfortunately, there is a critical shortage of these qualified special education teachers. Implementing a comprehensive recruitment strategy is imperative for districts to combat the shortage of qualified special education teachers and to provide an appropriate education to the students they serve. Recruiting and successful obtaining special education teachers has the following benefits: (1) Attract a more diverse and culturally competent special education workforce; (2) Meet the needs of students requiring special education services; and (3) Improve equitable distribution of qualified special education professionals. This paper presents strategies for implementing special education teacher recruitment strategies.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Teacher Recruitment, Expertise, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Shortage, Diversity (Faculty), Cultural Awareness, Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Persistence
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality