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Brownell, Mary T.; Bishop, Anne M.; Sindelar, Paul T. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Teacher shortages in special education have been a source of long-standing concern for professionals and parents involved in the education of students with disabilities. Because of their geographic location, culture, and lack of resources, rural administrators have always struggled to staff their schools with qualified special education teachers.…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Shortage
Rooks-Ellis, Deborah L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 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…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Disabilities
Hawley, Leslie R.; Koziol, Natalie A.; Bovaird, James A.; McCormick, Carina M.; Welch, Greg W.; Arthur, Ann M.; Bash, Kirstie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
A critical aspect of rural research is carefully defining and describing the rural context. This is particularly important in rural special education research because different definitions of rural may influence resource allocation, grant funding eligibility, and/or research findings. In order to highlight the importance of operationalizing rural,…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Educational Research, Barriers
Altieri, Elizabeth M.; Colley, Kenna M.; Daniel, Leslie S.; Dickenson, Kathie W. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
In this article, teacher education faculty of a medium-size university, historically grounded in teacher preparation within a rural context, describe their ongoing work to transform their practice in order to prepare special and general educators who co-plan, co-teach, and co-assess with their counterparts in the field. Follow-up research with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Training Methods, Rural Education
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Sealander, Karen; Eigenberger, Martin; Peterson, Patricia; Shellady, Suzanne; Prater, Greg – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2001
Three Arizona programs aim to train culturally and linguistically diverse general and special educators who understand the needs and strengths of rural communities. Native Americans and Mexican Americans from rural areas who want to work with special needs populations are recruited, as well as whites. Many are paraprofessionals, working full time…
Descriptors: American Indian Education, College School Cooperation, Extension Education, Geographic Isolation
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Collins, Belva C.; Schuster, John W. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2001
The history of rural special education delivery and teacher education in Appalachia over the last four decades is traced. Much progress has been made, but rural regions still have a shortage of special education teacher educators, certified personnel, employment opportunities for students with disabilities, and distance education capabilities. A…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Distance Education, Educational Change
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Roth, Marta A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
Rural case studies can be used to infuse elements of rural special education into preservice teacher education programs. The case method provides a holistic framework for applying previous learned competencies to new problem-oriented issues. Ways of emphasizing rurality through case selection or modification are discussed, along with student…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Cegelka, Patricia A.; Alvarado, Jose Luis – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A district-university partnership program provides an alternative route to teacher certification for noncredentialed special education teachers working in a rural California desert region. The program features locally available courses, on-campus summer courses, an alternative internship credential, collaborative structure, a coach-of-coaches…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Alternative Teacher Certification, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lemke, June; Harrison, Suzanne – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
To address Hawaii's shortage of rural special education teachers and new state teacher employment requirements, Gonzaga University (Washington) designed a master's level preservice teacher education program to be delivered at an Oahu high school. Course content, scheduling, and format were tailored to meet the needs of currently employed but…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, High Schools, Higher Education, Masters Programs
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Carr, Sonya C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A course at Southeastern Louisiana University prepares special education teachers to collaborate with rural families having children with disabilities. Precourse, postcourse, and 2-year followup questionnaires found that participants had a new understanding of family dynamics and the impact on the family of a special-needs child and developed…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Disabilities, Education Courses, Elementary Secondary Education
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Winzer, Margret; Altieri, Elizabeth; Larsson, Victoria – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2000
A course at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta) uses student portfolios of social and cultural perspectives on disabilities to challenge rural preservice teachers' attitudes toward disabilities and the philosophy of inclusion. Elements of the portfolio are described. The particular value of this method for rural preservice teachers and the…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Education Courses, Educational Attitudes
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Jordan, LuAnn; Spooner, Fred; Calhoun, Mary Lynne; Beattie, John; Algozzine, Bob; Galloway, Tara – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) Master's degree in learning disabilities is delivered via distance education to surrounding rural counties. Describes the UNCC-community college partnership, technology selection and resources, faculty and student training for using distance education technology, costs, funding, student…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Interactive Television
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Gruenhagen, Kathleen; McCracken, Tom; True, Judy – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
An interactive, two-way, video conferencing system enables North Georgia College and State University to place and supervise student teachers in remote, rural schools. Costs, technical aspects, and program processes are discussed. Student teachers are able to return to their home communities, university supervisors save travel time, and the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Geographic Isolation, Higher Education
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Ryan, Susan – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
To address the shortage of qualified early interventionists for young rural children with disabilities, the University of Alaska Fairbanks developed a Master's program that used distance education at remote practicum sites during fall and spring and on-campus instruction during the summer. The program has fostered university-rural community…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Distance Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention
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Knapczyk, Dennis; Rodes, Paul; Chung, Haejin; Chapman, Carrie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 1999
A successful Indiana distance education program that provides special education courses to rural teachers uses technologies available in target communities, collaborates with host schools on practicum experiences, focuses on inclusive settings, uses team teaching to increase student engagement, and uses teacher-participants as on-site coordinators…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Cooperation, Educational Technology, Higher Education
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