ERIC Number: ED438258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Toward a New Vision of Master's Education for Teachers.
Blackwell, Peggy J.; Diez, Mary
Master's degrees, as currently configured, offer teachers routes out of the classroom. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is one of the efforts to address the current focus on teacher performance and preparation, and to help with the professionalization and the upgrading of the status of teachers. While traditionally the master's degree is seen as the way to climb the ladder from teaching to a more 'attractive' occupation, the new NBPTS standards provide clear and meaningful benchmarks for a new kind of master's degree. This degree would not focus on preparing teachers to leave the classroom, but on deepening teachers' understanding of content specific pedagogy with the aim of improving student achievement and learning. NBPTS will enable teachers to work as leaders and change agents, enabling them to more effectively work both with an increasingly diverse student population and with ever increasing layers of expectations for teachers and schools. Questions and issues that are critical to this discussion are posed, as are suggestions, recommendations and issues for a future action agenda. (Contains 31 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Benchmarking, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Faculty Development, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Masters Degrees, Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Schools of Education, Teacher Improvement, Teachers
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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.