ERIC Number: ED303419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
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Making Teaching a Major Profession. Recommendations of the Joint Task Force on Teacher Preparation.
Massachusetts State Board of Regents of Higher Education, Boston.; Massachusetts State Board of Education, Boston.
This report proposes fundamental changes in teacher preparation for both the public and independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts. The new recommended model creates two stages for teacher certification. The provisional credential would normally be awarded at the end of undergraduate preparation and would be valid for 5 years. The education major as it has been known would be replaced with a liberal arts or sciences major or, in some cases, an approved interdisciplinary major. Along with this, the undergraduate program for all future teachers must include a strong general education core. Prior to beginning to teach as a provisional teacher, a prospective teacher must study pedagogy, including child development and classroom management and must have at least 150 hours of supervised in-school experience. Prior to full certification, a prospective teacher must earn a masters degree. This would involve appropriate specialization in grade level, a specialized field such as bilingual education or special education, or in a subject matter specialization for a high school teacher. The masters degree would have to be earned by the provisional teacher while employed in a school and with the support and supervision of a mentor teacher as well as education and liberal arts faculty members from the college or university. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Board of Regents of Higher Education, Boston.; Massachusetts State Board of Education, Boston.