ERIC Number: ED343868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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In Search of Alternatives in Teacher Education.
The Florida A&M/Florida State University alternative teacher education program, known as the Panhandle Center for Alternate Teacher Education (PCATE), is one of six university-school district partnerships established by Florida statute to provide alternative teacher education. The alternative nature of the program is found in its delivery system, its target audience, the training design, and the length of training rather than in program content. The program makes it possible for content-degreed individuals who possess temporary teacher certification to acquire full professional teaching licensure through an on-the-job training program. Participants can complete the professional education course requirements needed to be certified as secondary teachers in 15 to 18 months. According to preliminary findings from a survey of teachers who completed the PCATE program, who took the core foundations and methods courses on an inservice basis and Florida State University traditional teacher education graduates, who took the same courses as part of their preservice preparation, the PCATE teachers found their courses to be related to their teaching to a greater degree than did the traditional program graduates. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida State University; Florida A and M University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Seminar on Teacher Education (12th, Armidale, Australia, 1992).