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UNC responds to special ed teacher shortage

The University of Northern Colorado’s School of Special Education got props recently for preparing “high-quality special educators in significant numbers” in a study conducted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

In the report, “The Changing Teacher Preparation Profession,” the association credits UNC for responding to the high-need field through recruitment strategies, including strong relationships with area school districts, and for providing “ample support” for teacher candidate throughout the program.

“One way the school has strengthened the support it provides candidates is through its use of an ‘early warning system’ to identify early on those teacher candidates struggling in the program and to develop professional improvement plans to support them,” the report says.

The note on UNC appears in the report’s findings that “teacher production shortages persist in key areas” — specifically, English language acquisition, mathematics, science and special education. However, the association has tips for improvement for UNC as well. They include:

  • Better alignment between teacher production and workforce needs; and
  • Improving induction programs and working conditions to ensure that highly trained professionals remain the teaching field.

Read the full report from the AACTE here.

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