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Center for Persons with Disabilities
6801 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-6801
Special Education & Rehabilitation
2865 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-2865
• • Program director, Early Childhood-Alternative Teacher Preparation Program
• Clinical Instructor, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation
• Faculty member for the CPD’s Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities project.
Barbara Fiechtl is currently the program director of the Early Childhood Alternative Teacher Preparation program. This program works with Bachelor level professionals who are taking coursework to complete a license to teach preschooler with disabilities. The program offers coursework on line and is available throughout the state to all school districts.
She formerly studied the feasibility of virtual home visits, seeing if the technology works and if early intervention services can be delivered effectively to families via internet video conferencing. The project was conducted in northern Utah, and roughly half of the families in the study are from rural areas.
She has also participated in the URLEND program as a faculty representative in special education for 15 years. URLEND is a multi-state collaborative program with the University of Utah Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics; the CPD; the Utah Department of Health’s Children with Special Health Care Needs Bureau; Primary Children's Medical Center; Family Voices organizations in the participating states, and CSHCN programs in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah. Through URLEND, Fiechtl mentors two trainees on their leadership projects.
Her research is published in Infants and Young Children and the Rural Special Education Quarterly.