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In response to a shortage of special education teachers in Montana, a pilot emergency endorsement program (Office of Public Instruction Special Education Endorsement Project) was initiated in 1987. During 1988-97, the program enrolled 110 students, all of whom were simultaneously employed as teachers. Of these, 71 completed the program and received a special education endorsement, 24 were still enrolled in the program, and 25 had dropped out or lost eligibility. This study, one in a series of evaluations, presents results of interviews with program graduates, school administrators, mentors of project candidates, and students unable to complete the program. Interviews with eight administrators and mentors note the number of students employed or certified, evaluation of the program, opinions on the need for the program, satisfaction with the teachers, and the helpfulness of the mentoring program. Interviews with 15 project graduates cover their satisfaction with financial support, degree to which the program contributed to their obtaining their degree, satisfaction with the program at their particular college, student teaching experience, usefulness and practicality of the program, mentoring, and employment. Reasons are enumerated for student dropouts. Additional comments from administrators, mentors, and graduates discuss their overall satisfaction with the program and the need for timely access to classes, for program expansion and publicity, and for more flexibility in class scheduling. A table summarizes program outcomes. (SAS)

Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Participant Satisfaction, Program Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Special Education, Special Education Teachers

Autor: Fishbaugh, Mary Susan E.; Christensen, Linda


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