International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

THE “ROUNDABOUT” OF SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
MICHAEL SELTZER

ABSTRACT
Special education leadership consists of the of special education faculty at institutes of higher education, district special education administration, the site principal, and the special education teacher. All four areas of special education leadership are currently experiencing challenges in supply and demand for qualified faculty, district administrators, principals, and special education teachers. Currently, the demand for qualified personnel in each area is very high, while the supply of qualified personnel in these four areas remains wanting. The lack of qualified personnel in all four areas directly influences the success of students with disabilities in standards based inclusive environments. The purpose of this paper is to illuminate how all four areas of special education leadership are interrelated in addressing the needs of students with disabilities while providing recommendations on how to address the supply and demand issues within each leadership area to ensure that all students with disabilities receive a fair and appropriate public education within the least restrictive environment.

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