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ERIC Number: ED451188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 18
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The Teacher Education Licensure Fulfillment (TELF) Initiative: A Partnership Venture for Alternative Licensure.
Fox, Rebecca K.; Duck, Lloyd
This paper describes the efforts of the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, Virginia, to deal with the teacher shortage crisis by partnering with surrounding school divisions to help new teachers with provisional licenses meet the daily challenge of teaching while fulfilling their state licensure requirements. The Teacher Education Licensure Fulfillment (TELF) initiative helps avoid the sink or swim problem of alternatively certified teachers by providing proper support from teacher educators who effectively guide the process of upgrading provisional licenses and make mentoring arrangements among colleagues in the schools. The connection of theory, content knowledge, and practice, supported by a strong base of reflection and self-inquiry, provides essential tools for success in the first months of teaching. Some of TELF's highlights include: state-approved professional studies courses that fulfill licensure requirements; help preparing for the Praxis I exam; commitment of regular, full-time graduate school faculty to teach and direct TELF; and guidance on course choices and licensure procedures to support and coordinate with state and local school divisions. Lessons learned regarding marketing the program and teacher retention are discussed. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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