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ERIC Number: EJ865356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 15
Certification of Postsecondary Career and Technical Instructors: Issues for Debate
Bazile, Stanley A.; Walter, Richard A.
Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, v45 n3 p105-112 2009
Recently, the long-standing, though relatively low key, debate surrounding certification requirements for career and technical instructors at the postsecondary level has been revived as a critical issue. These discussions have lead to extensive examination of: (1) current credential requirements for instructors; (2) recent changes to state and federal policies; (3) synthesis of available literature; and (4) an understanding of current and future trends. Despite the widespread assessment and renewed debate of this topic, a consensus has yet to be reached amongst the decision makers. This article is intended to add fuel to these much needed discussions. It is important to note that the authors are in no way intending to sway the opinions of any potential reader. Rather, they hope to provide a solid starting point from which further conversation can occur. It is also essential to this discussion that this article does not provide any specific recommendations on a design that requires certification licenses for career and technical education (CTE) instructors at postsecondary institutions. Previous meticulous investigation of the issues has provided the authors with the philosophical awareness that both sides have a legitimate case. With this understanding in mind, this article is organized to assist stakeholders of CTE in developing a clearer understanding of the issues that make it difficult to reach consensus on the implementation of required certification for all CTE instructors at the postsecondary level.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Teacher Certification, Degree Requirements, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Literature Reviews, Trend Analysis, Educational Trends, Agenda Setting, Debate
National Association of Industrial and Technical Teacher Educators. Web site: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JITE/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A