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ERIC Number: ED403072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification.
Gifford, Sue
Early childhood teacher certification became an issue in Kentucky in 1986 with the passage of a federal law giving responsibility for services for children under kindergarten age to public school districts. This article deals with: (1) the development of interdisciplinary early childhood education teacher certification requirements in the state of Kentucky; (2) the process for obtaining certification in the state; and (3) a comparison of Kentucky's interdisciplinary standards to proposed national standards. The article begins with a description of the regulative history leading to adoption of licensure for early childhood educators. It next describes the process for obtaining an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) Teacher Certification, including state-regulated program standards, methods of assessment (including suggested portfolio contents), and written testing requirements. The article concludes with comparison of Kentucky's standards to proposed national standards, asserting that the national standards' strong emphasis on classroom teaching and academic disciplines in early elementary teacher training results in inadequate training for educators who serve younger children. Appendices present IECE Teacher Standards, topics covered in testing, and standards drafted by the National Board for Advanced Certification of Early Childhood/Generalist Teachers. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky