Thanks for your response.  This is a particularly sad case because in
addition to the early regular field experience, the ed. dept. set up an
independent study field experience for the explicit purpose of giving the
student a chance to experience a teacher's life and pace.  It went
reasonably well.  We helped her find a full-time aid who also served as her
driver to the school.   But now, in addition to the strenuous schedule, she
is probably not going to have the gpa to be eligible for student teaching.

The student has many auditory and verbal strengths and at one time decided
on a communications major.  Someone at home convinced her not to give up on
her dream of becoming a teacher, so she has perservered.  Now she (but not
her mother) realizes that managing a class room is not for her.  Hence the
ed dept's suggestion to do an internship in a related field and forgo
certification efforts.

My inquiry about successful placements of students with cp in public
education settings was meant to discover if there are stones we have left

Thanks for posting to an education oriented group.

Nancy I. Smith, Director
Student Support Services
Geneva College
3200 College Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010

724-847-6991 (FAX)
-----Original Message-----
From: Norman Stahl <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, November 29, 1999 5:49 PM
Subject: Re: Student Teacher with CP

>I can tell you that whenever we review a transcript of a student who has
>graduated without certification a red flag goes up that very minute.  We
>know that there is a problem and generally think of the clinical experience
>component as having been at the heart of the issue.
>Whenever we allow a student graduate with the education degree without
>certification, we make sure that the person knows that finding a job in a
>school will not be easy and getting back into a program to get the final
>coursework under the belt for certification will be difficult (although it
>can be done.).  Generally such an arrangement is made when a student is so
>close to graduating that moving to another major would be crazy.  This does
>not happen often, but there are times when a meltdown happens during
>student teaching and the student teacher decides that teaching is not the
>correct field of endeavor.  This is a sad case as it is important to make
>sure that the early clinical experiences help students make such a
>I'll forward your request for info to a listserv where folks are more
>teacher education oriented.
>Norman A. Stahl, Acting Chair
>Department of Literacy,
>Intercultural and Language Education
>GH 223c
>Northern Illinois University
>DeKalb, IL  60115
>(815) 753-9032 {office}
>(815) 753-8563 (FAX)
>Email: [log in to unmask]