Capstone/Dissertation Title

Individualized training for new special education teachers

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, in what ways does an individualized induction program impact a new teacher's perception of being an effective special education teacher? The author summarizes literature on teacher induction programs and their components. This information led the author to develop a better way to train new special education teachers in rural schools, where teacher retention has become a problem. An individualized survey allows the new teachers to rate their skill level in a variety of areas. Once the survey is completed, the author develops and delivers one-to-one training in the areas that the teacher felt their skills were the weakest. This individualized training focuses on the specialized skills that are required of special education teachers at the beginning of their career.

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