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ERIC Number: EJ705454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-22
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9487
CLD Position Statement: Alternative Routes to Certification in Special Education
Rosenberg, Michael S.; Sindelar, Paul T.; Connelly, Vincent; Keller, Cassandra
Learning Disability Quarterly, v27 n2 p122 Spr 2004
Special education continues to suffer from chronic and persistent teacher shortages. For example, in 2000-2001, nearly 53,000 special education teachers, 12% of the teaching force, were less than fully certified, affecting more than 800,000 students with disabilities. In addition, many school districts lose special education teachers as the school year progresses, particularly in urban and rural areas. Since traditional sources of teacher supply, college and university preparation programs, have been unable to meet the growing demand for special education teachers, alternative routes to certification (ARC) have proliferated. Recognizing that there is a need for highly qualified special education teachers, it is essential that innovative and creative alternatives are developed to get interested individuals prepared, licensed, and into classrooms serving students with learning disabilities. As noted in the statement included in this article, the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) agrees that strategies for recruiting and developing highly qualified professionals are necessary. Still, it must be ensured that ARC programs deliver research-based teacher preparation and that graduates of such programs meet agreed-upon professional standards.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001