ERIC Number: ED117058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive Explanation of the Cooperative Program in Teacher Education.
Ferguson, Donald G.
The Cooperative Program in Teacher Education at New Mexico State University, now in its tenth year, is a work-study degree plan which students complete in the normal four years by attending summer sessions as well as regular semesters. Graduates enter the teaching profession with exposure to several levels of public school education. From first entry, co-op students alternate semesters between a "work phase" in classrooms (for which they receive both college credit and pay), and a "school phase" requiring enrollment in fulltime university coursework. Financial support derives from the Federal Higher Education Act plus some monies from the State of New Mexico. Wages paid during the work phases are based on a graduated scale and established financial need. As freshmen and sophomores, co-op students are placed in paraprofessional roles in elementary and junior high schools. In the junior year, they hold assistant teacher classification and are assigned according to their preparations. Senior co-ops become co-teachers with broad responsibilities for teaching. A recent comprehensive comparison with a regular teacher preparation program revealed the co-op approach superior in almost all dimensions which seem representative of the quality being sought in America's classrooms. (Information on personnel, budget, evaluation, and contributions is included in this report.) (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.