ERIC Number: ED468888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
The Community College Role in Teacher Education: A Case for Collaboration. Issue Paper.
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.
This paper discusses the need for collaboration among four-year teacher education institutions and two-year community colleges in order to reduce teacher shortages and increase the number of potential educators who complete a professional education program. Obstacles to a collaborative teacher education program include a possible loss of credits for students who transfer to four-year institutions, a perceived variance in standards and accountability between two- and four-year programs, and the need for four-year institutions to formalize relationships with local public schools or districts before developing relationships with community colleges. However, collaboration in the form of jointly developed programs is critical in developing the standards-based programs needed to produce effective teachers. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) institutions should promote community college programming as an integral component of teacher preparation, develop agreements between two- and four-year programs, and embrace community colleges into the larger education community, with systems promoting joint faculty development programs. State departments of education should promote activity and agreements between two- and four-year colleges, provide incentives and funding for programs that foster partnerships, and hold two-year teacher education programs to the same standards as four-year institutions. (Contains 16 references.) (CB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.