Mentoring Pre-Service Special Education Teachers: What do they want to Know and what do they need to Know?
Randy L. Seevers

Abstract
The purpose of this descriptive study was to surveypre-service teachers to determine the relevance of mentor teachers during field-based coursework. Likewise, the mentor teachers were surveyed. Teachers responded in writing to the following prompts: 1) What does a beginning special education teacher need to know to be successful in the classroom? 2) How can you help your assigned pre-service candidate be successful? Review of the responses were carefully analyzed and the results shared. The study suggests that pre-service teachers benefit from the support of mentor teachers. Suggestions to help first year teachers are alsosummarized.

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