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ERIC Number: EJ1147436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Preparing Special Educators Highly Qualified in Content: Alternative Route Certification for Unlicensed Teachers in Rural Georgia
Childre, Amy L.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v33 n1 p23-31 Mar 2014
The shortage of highly qualified special educators is most pronounced in rural schools serving populations characterized by poverty, low achievement, disability, and cultural diversity. The result is often untrained teachers serving students with the greatest education needs. This article describes efforts by a university in rural middle Georgia to address the training needs of uncertified teachers through a high quality alternative route certification (ARC) program leading to both special education and content certification. Key program components, including blended instruction, extensive field-based assessments with supervision, learning community supports, and content training, are described along with implementation challenges and training outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Grant or Contract Numbers: H325K053052