Professional Preparation of Specialists to Work in Postsecondary Learning Disability Programs

  • Doris J. Johnson


The purpose of this chapter is to identify several areas of competence to consider when preparing special educators to work in postsecondary programs for learning disabilities (LDs). During the 1980s there had been a significant increase in the number of students with learning disabilities who wished to enroll in postsecondary education. As a result, more personnel with expertise in program development, assessment, intervention, and administration are needed. In addition, more graduate students are expressing an interest in working in postsecondary programs. While the nature of these programs vary, a common body of knowledge is needed for specialists to work with college-level students. Fortunately, there is now a considerable amount of literature that can be used as the basis for personnel preparation and future research. Books such as that by Mangrum and Strichart (1984), chapters by Vogel (1987a,b), and many articles reviewed in this volume provide the basic coursework and prac-ticums for students in training.


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