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Preservice Education

Preservice education for prospective teachers provides research-based training from institutions of higher education using approaches, experiences, and materials to provide engaging curriculum content aligned with existing national standards to prepare preschool, elementary, or secondary teachers for initial teacher licensure. In most teacher training institutions, when trainees complete required courses on Exceptional Learners in the Classroom most of the instructional time is dedicated to learning about schoolchildren with various disabilities, the components of an Individual Education Plan, and the collaboration process to provide services to students with special needs. Although gifted and talented students, students from culturally diverse backgrounds, and students who are at risk are included in the broad definition of inclusion of students with special needs, courses in exceptionalities include increased awareness and understanding ...

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