ERIC Number: ED276688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Certification Requirements in the States: What They Are Versus What They Should Be.
Fox, James A.
It appears that, where there is standardized testing of teachers for certification, there is a decline of black teachers. Although tests can provide valuable information, states must be aware of limitations of such tests and have a clear understanding of what the tests can do. Using tests to say that a teacher is as qualified as another may be impossible because of the diversity of tests used. States vary considerably in the number of assessments, areas covered, and testing times. Teacher education programs should be restructured to accomodate increased success on standardized certification tests. Components which could be added to teacher education programs include: a strong liberal arts undergraduate education; development of competence in the subject to be taught; eight to ten professional education courses; a year-long internship in a teaching school; a one or two-year induction period; and continuing professional development. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Panel presentation made at the Annual Conference on the Preparation and Survival of Black Public School Teachers (7th, Norfolk, VA, October 1986).