ERIC Number: ED474151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Are Elementary Teacher Education Programs the Real Problem of Unqualified Teachers?
Weitman, Catheryn J.; Colbert, Ronald P.
This paper describes 10 factors that impact misguided perceptions of teacher preparation and teacher quality, especially elementary teachers prepared in highly-structured, university-based teacher preparation programs: (1) the offshoot of P-12 preparation, prior to attending postsecondary programs; (2) alignment of certification tests to state mandates for teacher preparation (i.e., legislated courses and content versus state or national certification tests); (3) student achievement test scores (i.e., children in grades K-6) as a way to assess the quality of teacher preparation and then holding the teacher preparation program responsible for those test scores; (4) aggregated test score data required through Title II; (5) hiring practices of school districts (i.e., the number of teachers who are uncertified, temporarily certified, or teaching out of field); (6) state and national regulations and policies governing teacher preparation programs (i.e., mandating national accreditation and state specific program approval processes); (7) few alternative certification portals address the elementary routes; (8) professional development opportunities for beginning teachers; (9) practice versus experience; and (10) the difference between a highly qualified teacher and a qualified teacher. (SM)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Alternative Teacher Certification, Beginning Teacher Induction, Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Scores, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Selection, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (55th, New Orleans, LA, January 24-27, 2003).