ERIC Number: ED446240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Credentialing Adult Educators in Illinois: A White Paper for the Field.
Leinicke, Will; Francisco, Chris
An advisory committee oversaw and guided an investigation of credentialing adult education instructors in Illinois. At its direction, a series of focus group inquiries were conducted into issues surrounding the development of a system of professional credentialing. Requirements varied widely in 13 states found to have some form of mandatory credentialing process; options were available in most states with credentialing programs. Essential elements were identified. Focus group discussions identified these three major challenges in instituting a credentialing system: ensuring that all adult education systems are learning organizations that engage in meaningful, transfer-centered professional development; providing consistent, accessible opportunities for professional growth; and providing the systems and resources for professional development that meet the needs of the field and produce the improvements in student performance that credentialing is intended to serve. Recommendations included BA/BS degree minimum; required new instructor orientation program; standard requirement of professional development activity; reward for participation in professional development; database for recording professional development compliance; and hold-harmless provision to retain current instructors. Next steps were public input and establishment of an advisory group to develop a plan for gradual institution of credentialing. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Credentials, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mandatory Continuing Education, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, State Programs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications
Illinois Professional Development Partnership Center, Corporate Center East, 2203 East Empire, Suite B, Bloomington, IL 61704; Tel: 309-664-5498, Fax: 309-664-7373. For full text: http://www.coe.ilstu.edu/ipdpc.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Adult Education and Literacy Section.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Professional Development Partnership Center, Bloomington.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois