IDEA Personnel Preparation

Why the Program is Needed

Despite some gains, special education programs continue to be under funded, particularly by the federal government. There is a significant shortage of special education teachers and related personnel (i.e. physical therapists, speech and language therapists). Approximately 40,000 teachers are not fully certified to teach special education and the turnover rate is high.  This is a serious concern as far too many students are being taught by unqualified people, making student academic progress very difficult.

What it Does

Allocates funds to be dispersed in the form of grants or contracts for the purposes of personnel training. Awards are commonly made to applicants who train personnel in leadership; early intervention and early childhood; related services, speech/language, and adapted physical education; and programs in minority institutions.

Authorizing Legislation

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1462)

Recent Funding

Please see the table on the Funding for Federal Disability-related Programs page.

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