Training Special Education Teachers
With the additional responsibilities, it does seem that special educators should be the cream of the crop among teachers. What is disconcerting at the moment, as reported by the National Council on Teacher Quality, is that some states in the United States of America actually require less from teachers in special education. Only 11 states currently require both general and special education teachers to pass a reading test as part of the certification process. These states are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Sadly, since educational institutions are often equated to gaining employment after graduation. Without a test, it is unlikely for teacher-preparatory colleges to focus on reading strategies in states that do not require a reading test for a teacher license. Worse, most states do not even require a reading for all its elementary teachers. It is indeed surprising that educators may not be receiving important training on reading skills. The map below shows how widespread this oversight may be.
|Above copied from NCTQ|