ERIC Number: ED071661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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Community College Teacher Preparation: Past, Present, Future.
Brawer, Florence B.
In the past, people who taught in community colleges had been prepared in one of three ways: (1) a degree and experience in the secondary school; (2) master's degrees in typical academic programs; and (3) for vocational-technical programs, experience in a certain occupation and a little training in pedagogy. Forms of teacher preparation today are roughly the same. Few community college teacher preparation programs offer an adequate core of planned experiences, and too little attention is paid to the literature in post-secondary education. Internships, particularly paid ones, in junior/community college teaching, valuable training experiences, have suffered from the cutbacks prevalent today. But inservice programs and other teacher developmental programs are increasing. Credentialing is usually left to either universities or State boards of education and is often haphazard. The master's remains the most common degree for community college teaching personnel. The Doctor of Arts in Teaching has recently been introduced as an alternative to the ordinary doctorate. No radical change in teacher preparation or credentialing is anticipated. But it is hoped that greater selectivity and consideration of personality factors will mark future teacher preparation programs. Teacher preparation courses will probably improve, due to more literature on the subject and better dissemination of same. Inservice programs will last only if participants find them effective. It is hoped teacher selection and preparation may someday emphasize development of the whole person as the best way to prepare good teachers. (KM)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Credentials, Education Courses, Individual Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Internship Programs, Self Actualization, Speeches, Student Teaching, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Programs, Two Year Colleges
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Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 13, 1973