AuthorHarris, Martha Jane, 1949-
AdvisorMcCarthy, Jeanne M.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractFirst, a description of the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) field is developed through: an historical overview, a discussion of the unique features of the ECSE field, and a review of ECSE leadership preparation. Secondly, this study expands the currently limited knowledge base about ECSE leadership preparation. Based on data collected across the United States for the 1995-1996 and 1996-1997 school years, this dissertation identified IHEs that offered doctoral preparation in ECSE, described the characteristics and components of ECSE doctoral preparation, described ECSE faculty and doctoral students, and identified trends. Qualitative data revealed that IHEs characterized their doctoral programs as committed to promoting quality services to infants and young children with disabilities and their families and to producing interdisciplinary leaders. Data was presented to describe program characteristics, required components, curriculum opportunities, and implementation of interdisciplinary focus. Evidence was presented that confirmed strong structural supports for an interdisciplinary focus. Varied interdisciplinary curriculum opportunities included ECSE course work, internships, and research options. IHEs were found to have relatively stable faculties and student enrollments. ECSE leadership preparation appeared to be both established and dynamic in its responsiveness to the rapid changes in the field. A major finding of this study was that there were few descriptions of the standards or competencies used for ECSE leadership preparation. The major recommendations included: establishing a national comprehensive database system, a joint effort to conceptualize ECSE leadership and develop strategies to promote ECSE leadership preparation, and, specific research topics to address the information needs of ECSE leadership preparation. Finally, initial guidelines for developing ECSE leadership preparation programs were presented.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Special Education and Rehabilitation