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ERIC Number: ED074511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 11
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New York State and Certification by Competency.
Gazzetta, Vincent C.
This paper argues that the present system of teacher certification in New York State fails to adequately identify criteria for competency and suggests ways to improve this situation. The writer states that too much emphasis has been placed on the means by which certification is achieved while too little emphasis has been placed on the goal of certification. To correct this overemphasis it is proposed that a competency-based and field-centered program be established which explicitly and publicly states the required competencies, provides for their assessment, establishes performance standards, and allows for their modification. Three major changes in certification policy and procedure are recommended: (1) the Division of Teacher Education and Certification will cease evaluating individual credentials; this task should be performed by each preparatory program; (2) within five years a teacher with a provisional certificate should complete a masters degree or 30 semester hours of graduate study; and (3) periodic assessment should be made of newly certified teachers. The author also argues that continuing education programs for teachers need to be improved. (Author/DI)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (62nd, Minneapolis, November 23-25, 1972)