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ERIC Number: ED512897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Does "Qualified" Mean Quality? Filling in the Gaps of New Jersey's Early Childhood Teacher Training System. Policy Progress, Winter 2005
Rice, Cynthia; McLaughlin, Jill
Association for Children of New Jersey
Presently, there are two components to preschool teacher education in New Jersey: (1) Teacher preparation, which includes a course of study leading to a formal degree or certificate. Teacher preparation is provided through the state's 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education; and (2) Professional development, which supports individuals already working in the field by providing short-term workshops, classes and other forms of technical assistance to support and increase teachers' bases of knowledge. A recent report released by the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) examined the content and capacity of the two components that make up New Jersey's preschool teacher education system. The report also identifies the gaps between what the standards recognize preschool teachers need to know and what they are actually receiving from their preschool teacher education experience. This policy brief outlines the report's findings, identifies critical policy issues and provides recommendations that will ensure consistency and continuity in the development of New Jersey's preschool teacher workforce and provide for a better coordinated system of teacher preparation and professional development. (Contains 21 endnotes.) [This is a publication of the Association for Children of New Jersey's Early Learning Initiative.]
Association for Children of New Jersey. 35 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102. Tel: 973-643-3876; Fax: 973-643-9153; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Preschool Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development
Authoring Institution: Association for Children of New Jersey
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Abbott v Burke