Strategic Plan 2009 - 2014

Strategic Plan 2009 - 2014


Every professional educator possesses the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and values to enable students with exceptional needs to reach their potential.


The Teacher Education Division is a diverse community of professionals who lead and support teacher education on behalf of students with exceptional needs and their families. We accomplish this through:

  • Research
  • Professional and leadership development
  • Advocacy

Strategic themes, Objectives and desired Outcomes

TED’s 2009-2014 strategic plan was developed by the 2008 Board after receiving member feedback through an on-line survey, key informant interviews, and feedback sessions held during two national conferences. Strategic themes (i.e., broad goals), objectives and desired outcomes to be addressed over the next five years follow.


TED will expand its leadership in identifying, generating, supporting, and disseminating research-based practices pertaining to the preparation of special education personnel.

OBJECTIVE : Advance teacher educators’ implementation of research-based practices.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : Members are actively engaged in accessing, generating, implementing and publishing evidence-based practices relating to special education personnel preparation. TED’s mechanisms for initiating and disseminating research are improved and enhanced to reflect members’ interests and identified needs.


TED will utilize a variety of organizational and grass-roots tools to advocate for significant change in state, national, and international policies and practices to promote and advance the best interests of our members and those we serve. TED will also develop policy and position statements to guide legislators in promulgating and/or reauthorizing laws and regulations relating to the preparation of special education personnel.

OBJECTIVE : Influence policy through strong advocacy for teacher education in special education.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : Members are actively involved in setting TED’s advocacy agenda. Members help promote and achieve TED’s advocacy agenda.

OBJECTIVE : Elevate TED in the professional community.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : TED shares its plans and accomplishments with members of the professional community. TED develops working relationships with pertinent CEC divisions and other organizations to focus on common areas of interests and needs.


TED will provide and support professional development that enhances the capacity of our members to prepare special education personnel. TED will enhance and expand its efforts to develop and mentor special education preparation leaders.

OBJECTIVE : Foster and develop teaching, research, and evaluation skills of members.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : Members are equipped to utilize adult learning principles in teaching special education personnel and in conducting professional development with adult participants. Members have the skills to understand and use research and evaluation results. Members have the skills to create evidence-based research and evaluation designs.


TED will define and promote the use of a standard term for highly qualified special education personnel in college/university personnel preparation programs. TED will initiate and support efforts to recruit and retain highly qualified special education faculty. TED will support efforts to recruit and retain highly qualified special education teachers and paraprofessionals. TED will enhance and expand its efforts to develop and mentor special education preparation leaders.

OBJECTIVE : Promote collaboration within content areas between general and special education.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : Members create and seize opportunities to develop and maintain cooperative partnerships with colleagues in general education personnel preparation programs within content areas.


TED will recruit, retain, and actively involve members. The value of TED membership will be evident as members report that they are satisfied with the experiences they have and the services they receive.

OBJECTIVE : Increase member engagement.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : Members are involved and satisfied with their participation in and affiliation with TED.

OBJECTIVE : Increase diversity and representation in the membership.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : Members from diverse backgrounds and personnel preparation settings are recruited, retained, and provided opportunities to participate in all aspects of the organization. A culturally and linguistically diverse TED membership is capable of preparing personnel to teach individuals from myriad backgrounds.

OBJECTIVE : Improve the dissemination of information regarding research and other issues.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : TED’s Officers identify and utilize strategies to harness and disseminate information in a timely and efficient manner. TED’s mechanisms for dissemination of research are tailored to reflect members’ interests and workplace demands.

OBJECTIVE : Develop nimble organizational structure.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : TED’s infrastructure is solid, but flexible, providing effective and efficient support for the implementation of strategic objectives, while taking advantage of emerging opportunities.


TED will demonstrate accountability for and stewardship of its financial resources by maintaining and increasing financial stability.

OBJECTIVE : Maintain and increase financial stability of the organization.

DESIRED OUTCOMES : Member costs, which are kept as low as possible, and other funding mechanisms are used to underwrite programs, products and services that are valuable to TED members. The financial solvency of TED will be of paramount consideration in committing the resources of the organization. TED’s decision-making processes will be transparent and accountable to members.