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San Jose Unified School District “Rise into Special Education” (RISE) Program

This program, funded by the California Local Solutions to the Shortage of Special Education Teachers Grant, creates a pathway for current general education teachers and related instructional personnel to earn a special education teaching credential at San José State University at no cost.

Policy Snapshot: Targeted Teacher Recruitment

This state policy brief provides an overview of various legislation proposed and enacted in states to attract teachers to high-need schools and subjects through targeted recruitment efforts.  

Fontbonne University Paraprofessional Pathways to Teaching

Fontbonne's Paraprofessional Pathways to Teaching offers individuals employed as a paraprofessional or teacher assistant in a special education school setting a pathway to become a special education teacher, simultaneously earning a master’s degree and K–12 mild/moderate cross-categorical certification.

Building the Special Education Pipeline

In this DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) video, Building the Special Education Pipeline, leaders in educator preparation consider comprehensive approaches to increasing the pool of highly qualified special education teachers through enhanced, culturally responsive practices for recruitment , preparation, and retention.

Degree Trends in High-Demand Teaching Specialties

This issue brief from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education provides detailed information about degree trends since 2009–10 in teaching specialties, which the U.S. Department of Education has identified as in high demand around the country, including special education, mathematics and science education, teaching English as a second language, and foreign language education.

Relay Graduate School of Education Teaching Residency

The Relay Teaching Residency program is a two-year experience that provides aspiring teachers with a supportive, gradual introduction to teaching. Residents serve as a full-time teacher-in-residence supporting a lead classroom teacher in their first year while earning teaching certification and a master's degree. After completion of the first year residents receive support finding a position as a fully-licensed lead teacher.