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Indiana: Ed Dept fast-tracks SPED teachers through U of IN due to "rapidly growing shortage"

Nov 8, 2021, WBIW Radio, Bedford, IN: Indiana launches licensing assistance program for special education educators http://www.wbiw.com/2021/11/08/indiana-launches-licensing-assistance-program-for-special-education-educators/

The Indiana Department of Education today announced a partnership with the University of Indianapolis’ Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) to strengthen Indiana’s special education teacher pipeline, with a focus on supporting special education teachers as they work to earn full licensure. “Indiana’s educators are difference-makers for our students, and we need more of these difference-makers in our classrooms. That’s especially the case in high-need areas like special education,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “Through this initiative, statewide partners are coming together to provide Indiana’s current and future special education educators with access to convenient, accelerated options and key financial support, so that they, in turn, can continue supporting our Hoosier students daily.”

The new partnership, called Indiana Special Education Assisted Licensure (I-SEAL), streamlines the required coursework for teachers to earn full special education licensure. I-SEAL also provides financial assistance and scholarships to educators while they complete these requirements…. “In response to this rapidly growing shortage of special education teachers in schools, we’ve created a program that offers direct assistance to teachers, schools, and principals,” said Carey Dahncke, executive director of CELL. “This program helps to train and license teachers who work with our state’s students with special needs. And, what makes this program unique, is that there is no cost to the schools or the teachers. We’ve streamlined the processes, so prospective special education teachers can accelerate their entry into the workplace while working directly with the students who are most in need.”…