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AACTE Selects 10 Institutions for Networked Improvement Community Around Special Education Teacher Shortage


AACTE received nearly 50 applications from preparation programs across the country to participate in the Reducing the Shortage of Special Education Teachers Networked Improvement Community supported by the CEEDAR Center! The AACTE Reducing the Shortage of Special Education Teachers Networked Improvement Community (NIC) aims to address the problem of the shortage and lack of diversity of fully prepared and credentialed special education teachers in public schools across the nation.

AACTE is proud to be partnering with the following member institutions in reducing the special education teacher shortage:

Cleveland State University
Eastern Michigan University
Texas State University
University of Central Florida
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oregon
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Virginia State University
Western Kentucky University

The selected institutions share these commonalities:

  • Identified a strategy to increase recruitment specifically into special education degree programs and have committed to increasing recruitment for diverse candidates
  • Address high quality special education teacher preparation through building capacity with district partnerships and faculty development
  • Ensure special education teacher candidates are fully licensed before they were teachers of record.

The NIC members also represent the diversity of our country through institutional size, institutional affiliation, and geographic location.

To follow the work of the NIC, please visit the aacte.org website.

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