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ERIC Number: EJ1147500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Systematic Alignment of Dual Teacher Preparation
Anderson, Kelly; Smith, JaneDiane; Olsen, Jacob; Algozzine, Bob
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v34 n1 p30-36 Mar 2015
Given the rapid growth of diversity in schools across the country, teacher educators are turning to innovative ways to redesign their programs. In this article, we describe efforts of a dual licensure program in which undergraduate teachers-in-training acquired knowledge and skills in core content, as well as evidence-based pedagogy and discipline specific proficiencies in both special education and elementary education. A primary goal was to ensure that graduates entered teaching with the tools to effectively respond to diverse learners within urban and rural school districts. Systematic alignment of program foundations across coursework, clinical experiences, and evaluation was intentional. School partners provided insights into the extent to which graduates possessed the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching in inclusive settings. Outcome data suggest that graduates "perform" similarly to discipline-specific peers and bring strong collaborative skills in efforts to meet the needs of students in disabilities in all classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Grant or Contract Numbers: H325T090011; CFDA84325T