ERIC Number: ED462547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Virtual Teacher Training Center: A One-Year Program To Transform Subject-Matter Experts into Licensed Career and Technical Education Teachers.
Twomey, Sylvia M.
This paper proposes a Virtual Teacher Training Center (VTTC) as an effective and efficient short-term solution that can become an integral part of a long-term solution to a crisis in career and technical education (CTE) teacher availability. An introduction discusses the challenge and describes the VTTC's two major foundations, which are the following: (1) a flexible, dynamic re-configurable teacher education program of 27-33 credits that can be completed within 1 academic year and is designed to train persons with industry and field experience into educated and licensed CTE teachers; and (2) Internet technology to deliver the program to potential teachers in their homes and communities, while they continue engaging in practical experience and student teaching near their homes. A discussion addresses the functioning model at Oregon State University. For each course, detailed descriptions and content outlines are provided. Informative material reports that each course is 1 credit, representing 30-33 hours of work; includes 3-4 open-ended activities with threaded discussions; and culminates in a capstone activity, a synthesis of each student's activities in that course. Courses are grouped in these categories: students and learning (4 courses); curriculum, instruction, and assessment (4 courses); school, community, and professional cultures (4 courses); and improving practice (3 courses). These other components within the instructional site are outlined: extensive list of resources, tools for student self-evaluation, teacher evaluation of student, online grade book, open chatroom, and place for announcements. Suggestions for a virtual home-base site are made. (Contains 41 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Internet, Nontraditional Education, Online Courses, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Secondary Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Shortage, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.; National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, St. Paul, MN.