ERIC Number: ED250300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-15
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Quality Control of Teacher Preparation Programs through the Program Approval Process.
Behling, Herman E., Jr.
A recent analysis of on-site college evaluation reports from state evaluation teams shows that colleges have become more sophisticated in developing their own self-study reports and that the teams conducting the reviews have become more professional. Many positive qualitative and quantitative changes in the teacher training programs have been rendered as a result of the state program approval process. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) offers an additional accreditation source. This accreditation differs from the state approval process in that it uses one set of standards for all secondary teacher preparation programs, and these programs are either approved or disapproved in aggregate. NCATE teams are quite small and do not contain a specialist for each program being evaluated. Recently NCATE has been reexamining its program approval process, and a proposal has been made to concentrate review on general and professional education rather than on specific teaching fields. Some state officials question the need for NCATE's assessment of program aspects that have already been evaluated by state teams. (DG)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), State Boards of Education, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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