Preparing 21st Century Special Educators: An Overview of Challenges and Opportunities
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With a wide array of teacher education and preparation programs, it is important that all educators are effectively prepared to meet the needs of all children. This is especially true for students with disabilities whose physical, emotional, and academic needs are ever-changing. This overview provides a brief history of special educator preparation and certification and highlights challenges and opportunities for growth in the field as schools experience greater cultural diversity, increased use of technology, and more access to educator preparation programs.