Preparing professionals to be highly qualified and appropriately equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to teach students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is critical in alleviating the dire shortage of special education teachers in the United States.
Cynthia L. Wilson, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University, has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support a graduate program focused on preparing teachers to become skilled in implementing research-based teaching methods for students with ASD. "Project I : Intensive Intervention for Students with ASD Who Have Persistent and Severe Needs," will provide tuition support for teachers who will earn a master’s degree and state of Florida teaching endorsement in ASD.
"Educating students with autism spectrum disorder can be an intensive undertaking that must address the student’s developmental, behavioral and academic needs," said Wilson. "Every child has the right to receive a great education, and with this grant we will help to prepare teachers to best serve the unique needs of these children."
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Drs. Darling, Dukes, and Gallagher (Georgia State University) to co-edit special issue of Teacher Education and Special Education (TESE), the journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (TED), titled: Preparing teachers for a global, digital society: What special educators need to know and should be prepared to do. Papers due June 1, 2015. Click here information.
The Department of Exceptional Student Education is pleased to announce that Dr. David Garcia was chosen as the winner of the 2014 College of Education’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. His dissertation, Effectiveness of Modeling and Rehearsal to Teach Fire Safety Skills to Children with Autism, was completed in Fall 2013. Dr. Garcia conducted an experimental study of a modeling and rehearsal training strategy that successfully taught young children with autism (aged 4-5 years old) to respond to a fire drill by notifying an adult, and then evacuating the area. The children generalized their new skills to novel settings, and continued to demonstrate the skills several weeks after the training was discontinued. Dr. Charles Dukes served as Dissertation Chair.
The College of Education’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award is selected annually from dissertations nominated by departments with doctoral programs. The award is decided by 6 COE faculty who read and review all COE dissertations. The Department is proud of the research and scholarship that comes from students and faculty in ESE, and with research like this, it is an easy task. The ESE faculty congratulate Drs. Garcia and Dukes!
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