The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: A Look at First- and Second-Year Teacher’s Perspectives on their Preparation to Teach Children with Special Needs

Marybeth Murray, Santa Monica College (United States)


There has been debate in the field of early childhood education regarding teacher preparation, skills, competencies, and education level. Early Childhood Education is defined as the growth, development, and education of children birth through age eight, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).This presentation shares findings from a research study that looked at the preparation of first- and second-year early childhood teachers to work with children with special needs. The paper discusses in detail the views of six participants that were teaching in the California school system, both public and private. Researcher will also discuss how these participants preparation compares to current preparation practices throughout the state of California as prescribed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. To capture the perceptions of 1st and 2nd year early childhood education teachers regarding their preparation to teach children with special needs, this qualitative study explored the beliefs of teachers who obtained their educational preparation in the state of California. The data illuminated the need for a stronger system of preparation for teachers to work with children with special needs.



Early Childhood Teacher Preparation



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