Preparing Effective Special Education Teachers
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What tools are in the toolkit of an excellent special educator, and how can teacher preparation programs provide these tools in the most efficient, effective way possible? This practical, clearly written book is grounded in current research and policy as well as the author's extensive experience as a teacher educator. It identifies what special education teachers need to know to work competently with students with a wide variety of learning challenges and disabilities. Chapters present specific guidelines for helping teacher candidates build critical skills for instruction and assessment, get the most out of field placements, and collaborate successfully with other school personnel and with parents.
Table of Contents
A Framework for Teacher Education in Special Education: Teacher Education Matters. Who Are the Candidates? Field Experiences: A "Must Have". The "Job" of a Special Education Teacher. Special Education Knowledge Base. Assessment: Have We Met Our Goals?. Preparing Excellent Special Educators. Appendix A: Council for Exceptional Children Standards for Professional Practice. Appendix B: Council for Exceptional Children Personnel Preparation Standards. Appendix C: Association of Teacher Educators Standards for Teacher Educators: Appendix D: Council for Exceptional Children Code of Ethics.
"Analyzing and synthesizing the research and current issues associated with special education teacher preparation, this is the only current book of its kind. Mamlin provides an excellent overview of the policy environment regarding both general and special education teacher preparation. She thoroughly describes the elements of an effective special education teacher preparation program. This book will be one I turn to as we revise coursework and field placements to assure the best outcomes for our teacher candidates and the students with whom they will work."--Georgia M. Kerns, PhD, Department of Education, University of New Hampshire
"This is the first book in many years to address the preparation of special education teachers--and this information is needed now more than ever. Given the complexities of today’s classrooms, we need special educators who have a solid knowledge base for teaching students with challenging learning needs. The book is unique in putting research to work toward shaping and evaluating the next generation of excellent special educators."--Jean B. Crockett, PhD, Professor and Director, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida