Special Education Leadership Program in Distance Education Teacher Preparation

  • Collins, Belva (PI)
  • Schuster, John (CoI)
  • Slaton, Deborah (CoI)

Grants and Contracts Details


The goal of this project is to integrate two focus options, distance education and special education teacher preparation, in the doctoral program in Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky (UK). Graduates will be qualified to assume leadership positions in special education in both high incidence and low incidence disabilities in the design of distance education programs, the development of instructional products for distance education programs, the delivery of distance education content, administration of distance education programs, evaluation of the effectiveness of distance education programs, and the implementation of research projects in distance education programs that deliver special education content. During each of the four project years, five full-time doctoral students will be supported by project funds. It is projected that the cohort of five students will complete doctorates by the end of the project-funding period and go on to secure university faculty positions in categorical, cross-categorical, or non-categorical teacher preparation programs. The leadership project in distance education teacher preparation will have four primary objectives: (a) to recruit students for enrollment in the program, (b) to implement the program and graduate a cohort of five students, (c) to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, and (d) to disseminate information about the program and the results of its research and development activities. Meeting these objectives will require coursework, practica, and experiences in special education personnel preparation in both high and low incidence disabilities and the delivery and administration of distance education programs (e.g., interactive video, video streaming, internet).
Effective start/end date11/1/051/31/11


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