ERIC Number: ED306921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-20
Reference Count: N/A
Navy Fast Track Program.
Dessel, Norm; Mehaffy, George
This paper discusses the critical shortage of math and science teachers in San Diego public schools and the necessary revision of the teacher preparation process to provide flexibility in expediting entry into the classroom of candidates with strong academic math/science backgrounds. U.S. Navy officers near retirement who have completed degrees in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences are the potential audience. The program encourages the active collaboration of many institutional partners (the United States Navy, San Diego State University, and San Diego Unified Public Schools) as well as of three academic divisions at San Diego State University. The project alters the current teacher preparation program by focusing much of the credential coursework on pedagogical content knowledge. Major project activities include: creation of an internship plan; development of a school-based site; and establishment of a staff and organizational structure. One of the characteristics of this program is the constant requirement for intensive contact with the candidates who seem to require a lot of support due to the trauma of leaving the predictable world of the military for the unpredictable world of higher education. Contains 5 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego)