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Inclusive Education Project Podcast

Jan 30, 2018

Many schools and teachers aren’t equipped for implementing full inclusion or mainstreaming.

Recent changes in Ca Teacher Credentialing programs are helping improve and updating the credentialing requirements for both general and special education teachers.

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What We Cover in this Episode:

  • Why a shortage of special ed teachers in the 1990’s led to a loosening of  the requirements for teachers qualifications 
  • How the loosening of these requirements led to a low rate of kids being identified for special education
  • The importance of beginning with a least restrictive environment for students with special education needs
  • Have special education teachers been equipped with the necessary knowledge and experience to help students in a least restrictive environment?
  • Why the Commission has changed teacher credentialing programs recently and how it’ll affect both general education and special education teachers
  • Where California ranks when it comes to full inclusion in schools
  • Why some teachers are unable to help a student with special needs


John Fensterwald - OC Register article – "Big Changes in requirements to become a special education teacher in California"


Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Linda Darling-Hammond

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