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ERIC Number: ED419800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-17
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
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"Special Delivery": Case Studies in Alternative Teacher Licensure Programs for Students of Color.
Hasslen, Robin; Green, Les
St. Cloud State University's Teacher of Color project provides alternate licensure for degreed individuals needing only to complete their teacher education core and subject area coursework. It offers minority students on- and off-campus programs, financial support, flexible hours, and a compressed program. Researchers examined participating students' lived experiences through case studies, investigating whether previous life experiences impacted their decisions to pursue teaching and to complete the program. The study also examined program policies and practices necessary for success and barriers to attaining licensure. Three minority students who were in on- and off-campus programs and had recently graduated became the case studies. They responded to open-ended interviews at several points in time, providing facts and opinions on programming and practices. In addition, 47 currently enrolled, off-campus students completed surveys. Most students were involved in the program because of the financial support and the compressed program structure. The compressed program was also a barrier because of its high demands. Lack of financial support was another barrier. Students' experiences suggested that both financial and social/emotional support were essential to success. The on-campus case study students spoke of the lack of peer support on campus as being a problem. The students' personal life experiences, both positive and negative, influenced their decisions to seek teaching licenses. (Contains 27 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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