ERIC Number: ED362217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Project TEACH (Teacher Education: A Career Headstart).
Project TEACH (Teacher Education: A Career Headstart) was created at LaGuardia Community College (LCC), New York, to recruit community college students for a career in teaching and provide them with educational, personal, and career support and counseling as they complete a pre-education curriculum. During its 3 years in operation, Project TEACH encountered major bureaucratic hurdles. While LCC approved the pre-education curriculum, the central administration of the City University of New York did not. Though there were good working relationships among LCC's Project TEACH, the Board of Education, and Queens College, articulation agreements between the two colleges were not significantly improved and planned paid internships were never realized. The project's learner-centered goals were accomplished, however. Students successfully progressed through LCC's teacher education curricula, with 46% earning a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. All students received individual and group counseling and met in learning groups with an education major from Queens College or the project counselor. Of the 212 community college students who were recruited for Project TEACH and pursued the program, 45 students transferred to four-year teacher education programs. Project TEACH demonstrated that many talented community college students are interested in becoming teachers and could benefit from the development of a pre-education curriculum, if the relationships between two- and four-year institutions were improved and four-year teacher education programs were more flexible. An executive summary is included. (ECC)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Counseling, Educational Innovation, Group Counseling, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: La Guardia Community Coll., Long Island City, NY.