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Journal of Special Education Preparation

Journal of Special Education Preparation (JOSEP) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that features research-to-practice information and materials for special education faculty in higher education settings. Published bi-annually, JOSEP brings its readers the latest on evidence-based instructional strategies, technologies, procedures, and techniques to prepare special education teachers and leaders. The focus of its practical content is on immediate application.

The purpose of JOSEP is to advance the professional development of special education faculty to provide information, resources, and tools for improving education and experiences for preservice special education teachers. Consistent with this purpose, we publish articles that share innovative and successful methods and materials based on current evidence-based practice for use in a wide variety of higher education programs and settings.

Special Issue: Call For Papers

Special Issue Focus: The Journal of Special Education Preparation (JOSEP), in collaboration with TED, is soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on special education teacher preparation and the teacher shortage crisis. Articles in this special issue will meet the aims and scope of JOSEP by discussing persistent teacher shortages from the perspective of teacher preparation programs. We encourage the submission of manuscripts that discuss innovative approaches for attracting and preparing special educators within institutions of higher education. Guest Editor: Sarah A. Nagro Associate Professor George Mason University

Timeline: • Submit a draft abstract detailing your proposed manuscript to Sarah Nagro by 12/5/22 • Selected authors notified by 12/12/22 • Full manuscripts submission due 1/15/23 • May Release of Special Issue Author Details: Co-author teams are encouraged. The first author must be a TED member for this special issue

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International Spotlight

JOSEP is also interested in publishing articles that highlight special education preparation practices from around the globe. The International Spotlight is tailored for article contributions that discuss country specific special education preparation policies and practices. International Spotlight submissions will need to provide readers with country specific context and laws before discussing evidence-based instructional strategies, technologies, procedures, or techniques. International Spotlight submissions may outline interesting local initiatives that can generalize to historical, social, and global trends.

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Last Updated:  16 December, 2021

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