Development of Competency Based Credential Programs in Southern California's High Desert Region
In the northern high desert region of San Bernardino County (California), about half of special education teachers do not hold special education credentials. In September 1988, the Desert-Mountain Rural Training Program began to provide appropriate training to uncredentialed special education teachers in this sparsely populated area. The program is a collaborative project between administrators of the local special education unit and California State University at San Bernardino. Program components include: (1) providing a minimum of 30 current teachers, over a 3-year period, with credentials as teachers of learning disabled or severely handicapped students; (2) identifying, developing, and supporting practice sites that are accessible to rural teacher trainees for observation and practica-based experiences; and (3) using technology in the training of current and future teachers. The competency-based credentials program is taught at sites in the desert-mountain region and consists of six core courses and six courses in specialist areas. Innovative features include a regional rural issues course and the incorporation of rural "mini-modules" into existing courses. Development of teacher technological literacy focuses on telecommunications, video programming, and interactive television. This paper contains 20 references. (SV)
Burton, L.F. Development of Competency Based Credential Programs in Southern California's High Desert Region.