ERIC Number: ED438257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving the New Vision of Master's Education for Teachers. NCATE/NBPTS Partnership for Graduate Programs.
Blackwell, Peggy J.; Diez, Mary
This paper discusses issues regarding the continuum of teacher preparation, particularly related to the alignment between degree programs in institutions of higher education and the professional growth of teachers. Guided by interviews with faculty at institutions that are aligning their master's degrees with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) standards, the paper presents an overview of the range of approaches taken, issues in higher education that facilitate or impede the process, and the role and impact of state policies. The paper argues for using benchmarking strategies rather than template approaches in redesigning master's programs for accomplished teachers. One underlying theme is whether or not master's degree programs that are being developed to respond to the system of national certification incorporate knowledge of practice in which practitioners believe. The paper examines a small number of programs, addressing the process and specific elements of their design, issues of faculty development and implementation, and evaluation of the programs and process. Finally, the paper poses questions and issues that faculties of education engaged in this process should consider. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Benchmarking, Faculty Development, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Masters Degrees, National Standards, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teachers
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Washington, DC.