Career Changers in Special Education: A Collaborative Direction in Teacher Preparation for School Systems and Institutions of Higher Education

  • Natasha Veale Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Nicole Dobbins University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Stephanie Kurtts University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Abstract

In the U.S. there continues to be a critical need for highly effective teachers for the increasing numbers of diverse learners in P-12 classrooms. In particular demand is the need for highly qualified special education teachers. This need has required school systems to look beyond the traditional four-year degree student to individuals who are entering the teaching field from other professions. We offer a discussion of the career changers in special education, what types of support and mentoring they need from local schools and teacher education programs, and considerations in teacher preparation in special education for career changers.

Author Biographies

Natasha Veale, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
Department of Teacher Education, Assistant Professor
Nicole Dobbins, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department of Specialized Education Services, Assistant Professor
Stephanie Kurtts, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department of Specialized Education Services, Associate Professor
Published
2013-11-01
Section
Promising Practices