ERIC Number: EJ1147663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
The Scholars Project: Maine's Distance Education Model for Preparing Early Childhood Special Educators to Work with Young Children with Disabilities
Rooks-Ellis, Deborah L.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v36 n2 p84-91 Jun 2017
The Early Childhood Opportunity (EChO) Scholars project was designed to address the following significant needs in Maine: (a) prepare highly qualified early interventionists and early childhood special educators through distance education, (b) develop a system of support through a mentor network, (c) provide a graduate-level early childhood special education (ECSE) curriculum emphasizing current evidence-based practices (EBPs), and (d) develop a feedback loop designed to assess candidate knowledge, skills, and implementation of EBPs. This article describes the results of a 4-year Office of Special Education Programs project designed to support early childhood special educators across rural Maine. Key program components, successes, and future directions for continuous improvement are highlighted.
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Disabilities, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Early Intervention, Special Education Teachers, Mentors, Graduate Study, Curriculum Development, Feedback (Response), Special Education, Rural Education, Supervision, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine
Grant or Contract Numbers: H325K100124