Title

Breaking the Mold: Lessons Learned from a Teacher Education Program’s Attempt to Innovate

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2-2019

Abstract

The rationale, process, critical features, and lessons learned by faculty members during the redesign and implementation of our previously existing special education teacher education program into an innovative program integrating research-supported effective teacher education practices are described in this article. We begin with the rationale for our revised program, including the research underpinnings, and then outline the process used to gain feedback from multiple stakeholders about elements from the previous program that were working, needed to be changed, and should be added. The redesigned program is presented, along with a description of the initial conceptual model that drove the innovation, the curriculum, and the instructional delivery format. We end with a discussion of lessons learned and recommendations for others interested in innovating their teacher education programs, regardless of area of emphasis.

Publication Title

New Educator

Volume

15

Issue

1

First Page

30

Last Page

50

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/1547688X.2018.1430880

E-ISSN

15499243

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