ERIC Number: ED249187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Exploring New Frontiers in Teacher Education: The Austin Teacher Program. "Over a Decade of Pioneering." An Exploration.
Freeman, Bill, Ed.; And Others
In the Austin College (Texas) Teacher Program, a five-year program of study is required before students obtain a teaching certificate and a master's degree. A liberal arts program is emphasized, and students are provided with a public school classroom teaching assignment as an intern or student teacher, for at least 4 to 5 months, at the graduate level. Students take three non-credit educational labs during their first 3 years. This lab work exposes them early and extensively to classroom teaching in order to help them decide if a teaching career is their vocation. Students are heavily involved in a field-based teacher education program that permits them to acquire the necessary skills to be a competent teacher. At the same time, they develop a close relationship with supervising teachers in their assigned schools. Public schools in the area are committed to assist the college to prepare high quality teachers. (JD)
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, General Education, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Liberal Arts, Masters Degrees, Preservice Teacher Education, Private Colleges, Program Development, Program Length, Student Teaching, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Coll., Sherman, TX.
Identifiers: Austin College TX