ERIC Number: ED471152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Community Colleges' Role in Teacher Preparation. Policy Issue.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.
This paper addresses the role the community college plays and could play in solving the problem of critical teacher shortages across the country. It has been estimated that 2.7 million teaching positions in elementary and secondary schools will need to be filled within the next decade. The problem of teacher shortages is especially acute in rural and urban schools. Schools in high-poverty areas hire more noncertified and out-of-field teachers. Many of the teachers in these schools leave to find higher-paying jobs elsewhere. The following statistics from a year 2000 study conducted by Recruiting New Teachers are presented: (1) 5.5% of all community college freshmen are interested in elementary teaching careers, and 3.5% were interested in secondary teaching; (2) 30% of the U.S. K-12 population is an ethnic minority, while only 13% of the teaching force is comprised of ethnic minorities; and (3) 42% of all African-American students and 55% of all Hispanic students in higher education are enrolled in community colleges. The paper contends that community colleges have the capacity to increase the diversity of the teaching force. Community colleges can also help with teacher retention by offering classes that enhance teacher competency. An overview of a number of community college teacher preparation programs is also included. (Contains 17 references and Internet addresses.) (Author/NB)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Economic Factors, Poverty, Poverty Areas, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teaching (Occupation), Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/html/Issue.asp?issueID=129.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.