Meeting the critical shortage of speech-language pathologists to serve the public schools - Collaborative rewards
Abbreviated Journal Title
Lang. Speech Hear. Serv. Sch.
speech-language pathology; teacher certification; teacher recruitment; teacher shortage; federal legislation; higher education; personnel needs; Linguistics; Rehabilitation
This article presents a collaborative approach to providing graduate education to speech-language pathologists who are employed in public school districts. A partnership called the Central Florida Speech-Language Consortium was established among the University of Central Florida, 10 Central Florida school districts, and community agencies to address the issue of the critical shortage of speech-language pathologists in the public schools. The consortium program provided bachelor-level speech-language pathologists in the public schools the opportunity to obtain a master's degree while they continued to work in the schools. Key innovations of the program included: (a) additional graduate slots for public school employees; (b) modifications in the location and time of university courses, as well as practica opportunities in the schools; and (c) the participation and support of public school administrators in facilitating supervision and practicum experiences for the consortium participants. The consortium program resulted in an increase in the number of master's level and culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists available for employment in the public schools of Central Florida. Recommendations for facilitating future endeavors are discussed.
Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools
"Meeting the critical shortage of speech-language pathologists to serve the public schools - Collaborative rewards" (1998). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 2433.