ERIC Number: ED463249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-5
Teacher Education for Career Changers.
Konecki, Loretta; Pottorff, Don; King, Caryn; Lin, Emily; Armstrong, Dorothy; Pryor, Sherrill; Reinken, Barbara; Collins, Sherry; Melin, Jacque; Shroyer, Janet; Eikenberry, Glenda
This paper describes a graduate teacher certification program for people with baccalaureate degrees and teachable majors and minors, examining program development, design, recruitment, and admissions processes and discussing the teacher education needs of these post-baccalaureate career changers. The program is responsive to adult learners who are committed to becoming teachers. Interns are totally immersed in the culture of schools; they are placed in a school and begin their experience on the first day of the cooperating school and remaining there through the university's academic year. They are prepared to integrate technology into the classroom and to become leaders in technology integration. The paper reports how faculty, interns, and graduates believe that the program prepares adults for new careers as school teachers. It concludes that adults want to learn how to be successful teachers, recognize the need to learn about students, schools, and teaching, and want to invest time and money in well-organized programs that take advantage of their limited time to learn a new career. They prefer to control their experiences but are willing to be flexible. They hold high standards for themselves and their instructors and mentors, and they want the program to be high quality. (Contains 21 references and a list of additional readings.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Teacher Educators (Grand Rapids, MI, February 5, 2002).