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ERIC Number: ED266106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 16
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The Challenge of Reform in Teacher Education: An Historical Perspective of Program Changes in Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina, 1982-84.
Mulhern, John D.
A mandate to reform the teacher education program on the Columbia Campus of the University of South Carolina was enacted in December, 1982. The mandate was contained in a motion to eliminate the baccalaureate degrees in education, the traditional route to teacher certification then offered. This action did not eliminate teacher education at the baccalaureate degree level; rather, it precluded the issuance of the B.S./B.A. in education degrees. Protocols were established on campus whereby undergraduate students interested in becoming teachers could earn a degree in one of the Liberal Arts outside the College of Education and complete a teacher certification program within an expanded baccalaureate degree of 138 hours. Although the planning committee considered a full five-year program as the most desirable option, the level of protest by the educational community against a five-year program was such that the committee arrived at the concept of the extended baccalaureate of 138 semester hours. This paper provides an historical record of the changes, the factors that led up to the action by the Board, and the implementation of the changes in the teacher preparation program at Columbia. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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