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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ph.D.'s in Special Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a looming problem in special education:
Not enough people are getting Ph.D.’s in special education, which could result in a shortage of qualified special-education faculty members, says a new report by researchers from the Special Education Faculty Needs Assessment project at Claremont Graduate University. The report, “Assessing Trends in Leadership: Special Education’s Capacity to Produce a Highly Qualified Workforce,” says that one-half to two-thirds of special-education faculty will retire within the next five years, which could leave 300 students with disabilities underserved for each missing faculty member.