ERIC Number: ED099388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
A New Approach to Teacher Education and Teacher Certification.
Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia. Div. of Teacher Education and Certification.
New certification standards adopted by the Washington State Board of Education in 1971 were designed to develop teacher education programs that ensure the highest quality of professional performance by teachers prepared within them. Teacher education programs under the new standards are approved by the State Board of Education only when three groups (personnel of colleges/universities involved in training teachers, school district or private school staffs, and professional association members closest to teaching) have developed a program cooperatively and are exercising equal authority. The consortium of these agencies, whose structure is designed to ensure comprehensive participation, must secure involvement of the various constituents who are concerned about high quality teaching. The objective for teachers must focus on their actual performance (competence) as teachers. Once these competencies are identified, the actual training program must be structured to produce teachers who possess them. The new standards decentralize responsibility and accountability for preparation and the outcomes of preparation. The cooperative approach helps marshall resources of the various agencies, gives trainees more preservice experience in the schools, helps screen out those who should not continue within teacher preparation, and offers realistic preparation for the actual work of the teacher. (Author/JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia. Div. of Teacher Education and Certification.
Identifiers - Location: Washington