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ERIC Number: ED340699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing a University-Based Alternative Teacher Certification Program.
Littleton, Mark
Using guidelines established for alternative certification, Tarleton State University (Texas) has developed an accelerated teacher education program that allows nontraditional students to enter the teaching profession in an expedient and professional manner. The Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE) was initiated and established to attract new talent to the teaching profession, help alleviate a projected teacher shortage, support the educational reform movement in Texas, and promote improvement in the process of teacher education. The program has nine components that ensure the program's effectiveness and allow highly qualified and motivated college graduates to enter the teaching field. The elements of TMATE include: (1) an advisory board; (2) screening; (3) core curriculum; (4) mentor teachers; (5) training of the mentor teachers; (6) field experience; (7) collegiality; (8) evaluation; and (9) consistent redesign. Interns are prepared through rigorous summer course work, and professional growth is nurtured throughout the year of induction, utilizing trained public school mentors and university faculty. The performance of interns, as reviewed by school principals, is consistently rated as equal to or better than that of other beginning teachers. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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