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ERIC Number: EJ869338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1525-1810
Special Education Personnel Needs: Matters of Quality as Well as Quantity
Provost, John
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v22 n2 p105-107 Sep 2009
Insufficient supply and increasing demand have been two recurring themes of special education personnel studies for more than two decades. Critical and growing shortages of qualified special education teachers, related service providers, administrators, and college faculty are reported in every area of the United States. Nine of the 13 educational fields identified by the American Association for Employment in Education (2008) as areas of considerable shortage are in special education. The policy recommendations for addressing the imbalance of supply and demand in the special education labor market have tended to focus on the supply side and to emphasize expanding the capacity of preservice preparation programs, improving recruitment practices, and increasing the retention of special educators within the field. The significant personnel challenges for leaders of special education programs have been and will continue to be training sufficient numbers of new individuals to satisfy growing staffing needs and to replace those leaving the field; to reliably identify and hire those candidates who are most likely to succeed in specific occupational roles; and to reduce the rate of attrition among practicing special educators. This paper provides some evidence-based approaches for addressing the perennial personnel issues affecting special education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States