ERIC Number: ED475797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-21
Community Colleges and Teacher Education: A Challenging and Controversial Issue in Higher Education.
Floyd, Deborah L.; Friedel, Janice N.; Mulder, Anne E.
Current teacher shortages are particularly acute in small rural communities, in certain urban areas, and in certain teaching disciplines. As educational and policy leaders struggle to find solutions to the teacher shortages, they are also questioning who should be delivering teacher training and certification programs. Community college teacher education models vary. Studies report that over 80% of U.S. community colleges support articulation models and have university articulation agreements whereby teacher education students can earn the first two years of a degree at a community college and transfer all their classes to a state university. This document identifies the following questions concerning the role of the community college in teacher education: (1) How real is the teacher education shortage? Is the shortage in particular fields and in certain areas, and why? (2) What role, if any, should community colleges play in addressing the teacher education shortage? (3) Should community colleges be allowed to offer teacher education B.A. degrees in underserved areas or in certain high need fields? (4) Are community college students in teacher education programs successfully matriculating into programs at universities? (5) Are students from these community college programs successfully employed? and (6) What research is needed in order to justify decisions regarding these programs? (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (27th, Sacramento, CA, November 21-24, 2002).