University-based Principal Preparation Programs in Texas in 2019: Where is Special Education?

Date
2021
Authors
Lê, Ann Hoa
Combs, Julie P.
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
School Leadership Review
Abstract

Most principal training programs in the United States focus very little on preparing aspiring instructional leaders to lead programs for students with disabilities. An examination of principal preparation programs and their SPED components is necessary at a time when standards have been revised and new certification exams have been constructed in Texas. To explore the presence of SPED topics in principal certification courses, we used a classical content analysis with a group of university-based principal preparation programs. Almost half of the universities in our study required 18 semester hours or fewer for principal certification, and none of these had course titles specific to SPED. Implications for supporting new principals in practice are provided.

Description
Article co-authored by Julie P. Combs originally published in School Leadership Review.
Keywords
Special education, Texas, principal preparation, certification, disabilities
Citation
Lê, Ann Hoa and Combs, Julie Peterson (2021) "University-based Principal Preparation Programs in Texas in 2019: Where is Special Education?," School Leadership Review: Vol. 16 : Iss. 1 , Article 4. Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/slr/vol16/iss1/4