ERIC Number: ED218229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Virginia Scene for the Certification of Teachers.
Davis, S. John
Teacher certification has become encrusted with a series of complex and fragmented requirements that do not necessarily assure effective teachers. To suggest a change in the maze of intricate and rigid rules of required courses in subject specialties is certain to create a time consuming and divisive political reaction; yet educators and the public are dissatisfied with current systems. Two methods are usually proposed to improve the quality of teaching, both involving the undergraduate teacher education program: (1) content immersion, used chiefly with arts and sciences students who lack required education courses; and (2) methods preparation courses included as part of a core curriculum of required courses in education techniques. Alternatives exist that combine or modify these approaches, but faults have been found with each suggested action. In Virginia, it has been recommended that the complexity and specificity of present certification requirements be reduced. Competency-based teacher education, a probationary period, and on-site evaluation are also proposed as quality controls. Already, teacher education programs in Virginia are approved by the state in cooperation with colleges and universities, an acknowledgement by the state of its responsibility in providing high quality education for its citizens. (FG)
Descriptors: Educational Responsibility, Higher Education, Methods Courses, Schools of Education, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Experience
Not available separately; see SP 020 080.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: In its: Innovative Delivery Systems to Meet School Staffing Needs. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (53rd, Williamsburg, VA, June 23-25, 1981).