ERIC Number: EJ1132959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Specialized Preparation for Middle Level Teachers: A National Review of Teacher Preparation Programs
Howell, Penny B.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Chris M.; Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L.
RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, v39 n1 2016
Since William Alexander's (1963, 1995) call for attention to the need for specialized middle level teacher preparation in 1963, 45 states have created requirements for middle level certification, licensure, or endorsement (Association for Middle Level Education [AMLE], 2014) which have led to institutions of teacher preparation creating routes designed to prepare candidates to teach grades 5--9. Because of questions raised about content and consistency of these programs, this study systematically documents components of undergraduate middle level teacher preparation programs in 1,324 institutions from 50 states and the District of Columbia. The findings reveal that even though 45 states have explicit mandates for middle level certification, licensure or endorsement, almost half of the institutions preparing teachers for grades 5-9 do not offer courses or experiences specific to middle level education or young adolescents.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Certification, Credentials, Undergraduate Study, Incidence, Degree Requirements, Coding, Documentation, Data Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: United States
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