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ERIC Number: EJ1153767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
Meeting the International Need for Special Educators with Online Education
Pace, Darra A.; Blue, Elfreda V.
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v16 n1 p100-108 2015
Over the last several decades, recognition of the educational rights of individuals with disabilities has grown from a request for acceptance to a demand for inclusion. While many countries have made progress in inclusive education, the majority of individuals with disabilities lack access to basic education. One explanation for this situation is the dearth of trained teachers, and the lack of access to professional preparation in special education in many areas of the globe. The following article describes one university's response to this situation with the development of an online special education master's degree program. Professional development in education and an international foundation for the education of students with disabilities, serve as the underpinnings of this article. Issues of creating this program, including curriculum development, the use of online technology, application of Universal Design for Learning, recruitment, and infrastructure are discussed. Challenges and solutions to provide access to knowledge and ability to teach students with disabilities are presented.
International Association of Special Education. c/o College of Education, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 5774, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5774. Tel: 928-523-8979; Fax: 928-523-1929; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; Kenya
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