Special Education Teacher Preparation

Authored by: Margo A. Mastropieri , Thomas E. Scruggs , Sara Mills

Handbook of Special Education

Print publication date:  April  2011
Online publication date:  May  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415800716
eBook ISBN: 9780203837306
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869624

10.4324/9780203837306.ch5

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Abstract

Special education researchers over the past several decades have identified a number of highly effective treatments for students with mild disabilities in areas such as reading (Swanson, 1999), writing (Rogers & Graham, 2008), math (Kroesbergen & Van Luit, 2003), and content area learning (Scruggs, Mastropieri, Berkeley, & Graetz, 2010). Yet, these effective treatments, however well validated, are of little practical utility without a force of highly trained personnel, competent to carry them out. In this chapter, we discuss significant issues in the preparation of special education teachers, including supply and demand, the components of effective teacher licensure programs, essential knowledge and skills for beginning and expert special education teachers, and challenges for beginning special educators.

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