ERIC Number: ED352338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Teacher Training and Certification: A Comparative Analysis between State and National Licensure Procedures and the Impending Effects of the Proposed National Certificate.
West, Paulus R.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether, according to teachers who have taught in more than one state and have had to fulfil various state requirements for certification, standards for either teacher certification or teacher preparation should be revised to reflect a more uniform system. Data were collected from questionnaires completed by 83 experienced teachers and other school personnel from school districts in the three demographic regions of the country (East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast). The six public school districts which participated in the survey were: Dayton (Ohio), District of Columbia, Council Bluffs (Iowa), Kansas City (Missouri), Omaha (Nebraska), Denver (Colorado), and San Fernando (California). Findings indicate that: (1) most teachers were familiar with the movement advocating nationwide certification; (2) 60 percent of the respondents favored a national certificate; (3) 87 percent believed uniform criteria would help the professional status of teaching and teacher-related professions; (4) the majority favored uniform requirements for the initial certification of teachers; and (5) an overwhelming majority of teachers favored national requirements for the re-licensure of teachers, counselors, and administrators. Teachers also indicated concern that a national certificate would create an additional stumbling block for would-be teachers seeking employment. This thesis includes the Nationwide Teacher Certification Questionnaire used in the survey and 44 references. (IAH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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