ERIC Number: ED480817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Bachelor's Degress Are Best: Higher Qualifications for Pre-Kindergarten Teachers Lead to Better Learning Environments for Children.
Throughout the United States, kindergartens receive children with increasingly diverse levels of skills. In order to provide a learning atmosphere that is supportive of all children, prekindergarten teachers must be equipped to adapt to each child's needs. This paper reviews the research on pre-kindergarten teacher quality. The purpose of the review is to highlight teachers with bachelor's degrees and their direct link to quality in early education and care. The review is limited to studies that distinguished bachelor's degrees from other levels of education, and restricted to articles published in peer reviewed journals or reports issued by agencies that subject their reports to peer-advising. This resulted in eight studies that specifically explore the benefits of pre-K classrooms when teachers have bachelor's degrees and specialized training in early childhood education. Among the findings of the studies reviewed are the following: (1) teachers with four-year degrees in early childhood education rated higher in positive interaction with children than those without these credentials, and were less detached, less authoritarian and less punitive; (2) children who had teachers with a bachelor's or associate's in early childhood education demonstrated stronger receptive vocabularies that those with teachers holding only a high school diploma; and (3) retaining the greatest number of teachers with bachelor's degrees or more was the strongest predictor of whether a center maintained a high level of quality over time. Taken as a group, these studies strongly show the importance of not simply more education, but specifically how the requirement of a bachelor's degree with specialized early childhood training can be parlayed into securing high quality center-based pre-kindergarten programs. (Contains 32 references.) (HTH)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, Educational Attainment, Educational Quality, Literature Reviews, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by the Trust for Early Education.