ERIC Number: ED241462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-3
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It Is Time to Change Teacher Preparation.
Heming, Hilton P.
Recognition of teachers as professionals can come with increased college preparation, professional participation of all segments of the profession with mutual respect for one another, and a more active voice by the profession in licensing and establishment of standards. Preparation requirements for teachers should be mandated nationally rather than done state by state. These requirements should be supported and recognized by all members of the profession. Another requirement should be that teachers receive their professional preparation at the graduate level, having completed at least 60 hours, including the masters degree. The four year undergraduate program, of the proposed six year preparation, should focus on those arts and science areas which will provide for personal growth and a foundation for the education preparation to come, and establish at least one discipline in depth. The establishment of graduate teacher education schools would call for agreement on a common foundation for all curricula. If colleges of education were accredited by a strong national agency, and the colleges adopted a common body of knowledge, the states would be forced to adopt a common licensing standard. The results would be higher standards for schools of education which would attract better students. (JD)
Descriptors: Accrediting Agencies, Curriculum Development, Degrees (Academic), Education Majors, Graduate Study, Higher Education, National Standards, Policy Formation, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Autonomy, Schools of Education, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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