Free special-ed credential program helps laid-off Calif. teachers

Some laid-off Long Beach, Calif., teachers are working to obtain special-education credentials through a free accelerated program from California State University, Long Beach. The one-year program, paid for with $140,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, is only available this year to help teachers find jobs in the growing special-education field. "With that additional [special-education] credential, a teacher is much more marketable," said Kristin Stout, an instructor in the program.

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