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American Journal of Educational Research. 2017, 5(2), 225-230
DOI: 10.12691/education-5-2-19
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Preparation for Teachers for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Call for Quality and Quantity

Freddie W. Litton1, , Anthony R. Rotatori2, Rita Coombs-Richardson3 and Rachel Martinez4

1Professor of Special Education and Dean, University of Houston- Victoria, Texas, USA

2Professor of Psychology, St. Xavier University, Chicago, Ill., USA

3Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Houston- Victoria, Texas USA

4Associate Professor of Special Education and Associate Dean, University of Houston-Victoria, Texas, USA

Pub. Date: February 25, 2017

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Freddie W. Litton, Anthony R. Rotatori, Rita Coombs-Richardson and Rachel Martinez. Preparation for Teachers for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Call for Quality and Quantity. American Journal of Educational Research. 2017; 5(2):225-230. doi: 10.12691/education-5-2-19


This paper describes and documents the need for an increase in both the quantity and quality of training programs for one of the rapidly expanding areas of special education – children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Challenges and barriers to teacher preparation efforts are described along with program research based strategies and emerging concepts that should be included in a teacher preparation program in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Autism Spectrum Disorders teacher training teacher competencies mentoring and induction

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