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ERIC Number: ED055975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 22
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Certification of Educational Personnel.
Smith, B. Othanel
Discussion of licensing educational personnel has focused on three levels of criteria: 1) academic proficiency, 2) ability to perform skills and behaviors deemed essential to teaching, and 3) ability to produce changes in pupil behavior. The optimum criteria would be a mix of the first and second levels, since there are too many uncontrolled variables in measuring the effect of teaching on student behavior. These criteria should be applied by a teacher evaluation system independent of the training institution. The evaluation system would require a catalog of skills and behaviors to be developed under the supervision of a national commission including representatives of all interested groups. The licensing of specialized personnel should be the responsibility of the teaching profession through a system of extra legal "specialty boards." With financial support from the U.S. Office of Education and state departments of education, these boards would certify reading specialists, curriculum specialists, teacher training specialists, and so on. Initial entry-level certification by the state would be a prerequisite to certification by the board. This new type of certification will require reconstruction of teacher training at both preservice and inservice levels, which in turn will necessitate greater cooperation between the U.S. Office of Education, state departments of education, public schools, and universities. (RT)
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