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ERIC Number: EJ1050272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0887-8730
Motivating Factors of Nontraditional Post-Baccalaureate Students Pursuing Initial Teacher Licensure
Bunn, Gary; Wake, Donna
Teacher Educator, v50 n1 p47-66 2015
This study examines the motivating factors that prompted post-baccalaureate students to change careers and to pursue an initial teaching license. Researchers collected survey data from 346 nontraditional teaching candidates who were part of either an initial licensure master's degree program or a statewide nontraditional licensure program. Results indicated that most candidates chose to enter the education profession for noble causes such as the opportunity to share their love for learning or to make a difference in society or students' lives. More pragmatic motivators were also noted such as a need for a career change or the perceived benefits of the teaching career. Findings from this study have provided insights for program coordinators to recruit and support prospective and current candidates on the realities of the teaching profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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