ERIC Number: ED367651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Five Year Teacher Education Program Attrition.
George, Thomas W.; Bordner, Mary Kay
The five year teacher education program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville requires students to major in an arts or science field and to minor in either elementary or secondary education. Following the acquisition of a bachelor's degree, students may enroll in fifth-year education courses and a year-long internship. Teaching licenses are awarded at the successful completion of the extended program. This study was conducted to determine the number of students who failed to return for a fifth year after earning their degree and to identify the reasons why. Subjects were students who applied for an internship placement during their senior year, were admitted to the program, but failed to enroll. A comparison was made between internship placement requests and actual internship enrollment over a 3-year period. An attempt was made to speak to each student by telephone. It was discovered that a total of 594 graduates were eligible to enroll during this period, but 58 or 9.8 percent of students failed to matriculate. Reasons given for student failure to matriculate into the fifth year included relocation of residence, financial problems, or enrollment in graduate school. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers; University of Tennessee Knoxville
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).