ERIC Number: ED228173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Status of Middle/Junior High School Teacher Education Programs: A Research Report.
McEwin, C. Kenneth; Alexander, William M.
Survey responses were received from 538 member institutions of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on their programs for prospective middle school teachers. Results indicated that teacher preparation programs in this area have not kept pace with the growing numbers of teachers needed, and the predominant emphasis in available programs has been at the undergraduate level. While such programs have become more readily available, the amount of increase is small compared with the growth of middle level schools. A trend was apparent in the growth of programs at the master's level, and in some states requiring middle level certification, teachers were able to combine their graduate work with qualifying for the special certification. The survey also obtained data regarding the nature of programs offered at all levels. Categories included: major specialization, "add on" programs (added to elementary or secondary program), and a series of specialized courses. Included in this report on the survey are tables providing information on available middle school programs and their characteristics. A brief analysis is included on issues and implications identified by the survey and possible solutions to problems involved in establishing specialized training at the middle level. A copy of the survey instrument is included. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC.