ERIC Number: ED251417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-11
Standards for Admission to Teacher Education Programs. An Issue Paper Prepared for the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Sandefur, J. T.
The implementation of uniform standards for assessing prospective teachers' competencies in basic skills prior to admission is growing rapidly. There is also a trend toward increasing the grade point average required for admission. Policies on admission to teacher education programs reflect concern about the decline in both the number and quality of the talent pool and the decline in public confidence in teachers and teaching. An analysis is presented of the impact of more stringent admissions criteria on schools of education. The question is raised of conditions or resources needed to implement such admission policies, and a brief discussion is presented on both the advantages and disadvantages of the policies. Also considered are the views of educational practitioners and the effects on teacher education programs and faculties. The effects of higher admission standards on teacher education students and public perceptions about teaching are discussed. A keyed map provides information on states implementing and planning new policies for admission to teacher education. An article on state assessment trends is appended, as well as brief annotations on the activities of 23 states relative to standards for admission to teacher education programs. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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