ERIC Number: ED032269
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Publication Date: 1969
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Which Way for Teacher Certification? QuEST Papers Series, #2.
Bhaerman, Robert D.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has no comprehensive policy and philosophy for the certification of teachers. Six issues have most relevance to a more inclusive position: The union should review its resolution regarding certification based on "general education" in light of changes in the professional and academic specialization components of most preservice programs. On the question of temporary or emergency certification, the AFT should remain flexible but encourage its locals to establish standards or floors since the issue is so closely related to local needs. On the question of certification renewal, it must resolve problems regarding such projected innovations as evaluation of competency, levels of certification, and differentiated staffing. It must face issues related to "certification by examination" and to "program-approval certification," a better approach than the traditional course credit counting though it also poses problems. Finally, the AFT must study its role as the teachers union, not only regarding the issue of who shall determine certification standards but of what the real purposes of certification are. Apparently, qualified teachers should be licensed for a 3-year probationary period (to prevent incompetent persons from becoming teachers), but that certification requirements should not be manipulated to adjust the supply and demand of teachers or to enforce continued updating of professional knowledge and skills. (JS)
American Federation of Teachers, Department of Research, 1012 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 ($0.20)
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Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.