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Special education personnel preparation

Special education personnel preparation refers to programs to train qualified personnel in special education and related services, early intervention, and regular education to work with students with disabilities.


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Services and Programs

  • Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading and Math
    Weekly Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) tests provide systematic, frequent feedback to students and teachers. CBM is one of several validated classroom-based and school-wide interventions developed to increase educators' capacity to improve students' learning and to accommodate diverse learning needs.
  • Next Steps at Vanderbilt University - Postsecondary Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities
    Education, social skills, and vocational training program for students with intellectual disabilities. Next Steps at Vanderbilt provides educational experiences for students beyond high school and awards 2-year certification at graduation.
  • Postsecondary Education
    The Vanderbilt Kennedy UCEDD is collaborating with the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, The Arc of Tennessee, and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities to develop postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities in Tennessee.
  • Providing Access to the Visual Environment (PAVE)
    PAVE provides technical assistance for teachers of students with low vision, as well as for parents, and direct instruction for children. PAVE assists any child with low vision, age 3 to 21 in Lead Education Agencies in Tennessee, private schools, or the Tennessee School for the Blind.
  • Services for Educators
    Includes outreach programs for educators.
  • Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities
    The Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities functions to increase awareness about the need for postsecondary opportunities in Tennessee and to encourage the development of more programs on Tennessee college campuses.

Printable Resources and Materials

  • Education and Brain Research Lab - Laurie Cutting, Ph.D.
    The Education and Brain Research Lab investigates learning disabilities, communication and cognitive disorders, and genetic disorders.
  • Going to College: A resource for teens with disabilities
    provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.
  • Special Olympics
    Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.
    Resource regarding postsecondary education options for people with disabilities.

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