ERIC Number: ED360878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Reconstruction of Academic Credentials for Southeast Asian Refugee Teachers: A Comprehensive IHE Approach to Access and Excellence.
Rodriguez, Juan C.
The University of Massachusetts-Lowell's efforts to help Southeast Asian refugees reconstruct their academic credentials for teaching and further higher education are described. The program evolved in response to refugee frustration at difficulty in establishing existing teaching credentials and obtaining admission to higher education institutions, and also to the shortage of trained and qualified bilingual teachers in the immediate area of the university. Several initiatives are involved, including: (1) establishment of an academic credential validation committee, with native speakers and specialists in Southeast Asian higher education systems as members; (2) an assessment center to give advice, orientation, and referrals to teachers and individuals wanting to continue their academic and professional development; (3) an evening bachelor's degree program designed for this population; (4) an in-service education program for Southeast Asian teachers and paraprofessionals; and (5) an English language program to prepare teachers for the English language proficiency examination required for certification. (MSE)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Bachelors Degrees, College Admission, Credentials, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Professional Continuing Education, Program Descriptions, Refugees, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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