ERIC Number: ED319542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Preparation for Rural Teachers: Growing Your Own.
Price, Floyd H.
This videotape transcript describes Kansas State University's Alternative Teacher Preparation Program for Rural Citizens Seeking a New Career. Three related problems affect education in the Plains States--the devastated rural economy, limited career opportunities in rural areas, and the shortage of teachers of selected subjects in small rural secondary schools. This program addresses these problems by providing a mechanism for economically displaced rural residents with bachelor's degrees in fields other than education to become qualified to teach in secondary schools. During the program's initial 2-year period--August 1987 to August 1989--21 students completed the two-semester program and were certified to teach in one or more secondary fields. Because of participants' maturity and motivation, instruction was individually designed for each student. Credits were awarded as a result of transcript analysis, demonstrated competence in specific areas, directed field experiences in local schools, field-based seminars related to local school issues, individualized learning units, "Telenet" courses, required core courses, and specific tests. Required courses were delivered as seminars at two community colleges in economically depressed areas. Student teaching experiences were coordinated with local schools. The story of one farmer's transition to teacher illustrates the success of this program. (SV)
Descriptors: Dislocated Workers, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Population, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Videotape Recordings
College of Education Instructional Media Center, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506 ($17.00 for tape).
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas