With more children being diagnosed with disabilities and the goal of inclusive classrooms firmly in place, the special education landscape continues to progress, reports the Chicago Tribune. So how do universities prepare future special education teachers for such diverse classrooms and needs? And how do they prepare them for a field so demanding both physically and emotionally? Several area colleges are part of a grant program working to overhaul their curriculums to meet these needs. Associated Colleges of Illinois has given a five-year $500,000 U.S. Department of Education grant to five member institutions including University of St. Francis in Joliet, Lewis University in Romeoville, Dominican University in River Forest and Eureka College, Eureka, Ill. The Transforming Curriculum in Special Education (T-SPED) grant is in its third year…

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