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ERIC Number: EJ877635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Teacher Education at the American Samoa Community College
Kneubuhl, James; Fua, Tupua Roy
Educational Perspectives, v39 n1 p18-23 2006
A number of circumstances make it difficult for aspiring teachers in American Samoa to earn certification and/or advanced degrees. Young men and women who graduate from the territory's high schools have two options available to them if they plan to continue their education. They can pursue a two-year degree at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), or they can enter a four-year program at an overseas institution. Unfortunately, the distance between overseas schools and American Samoa, as well as the expense and other complications involved with local students living and studying away from home, results in only a limited number of them having the opportunity to pursue their educational career as far as their abilities might merit. Of the students who do earn degrees overseas, some eventually enter the field of education in the territory, but many others choose to seek more lucrative opportunities away from home. With teachers' salaries in American Samoa substantially lower than in Hawai'i or the US mainland, few highly qualified teachers are willing to travel from off-island to work in the territory's schools. As a result, both the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) and the private schools face an ongoing challenge in recruiting and retaining qualified staff. ASCC plays a vital role in the process through which both pre-service and in-service teachers in the territory can earn or advance their credentials. While it should be noted that the long history of teacher education in American Samoa pre-dates the establishment of ASCC, for the last three decades the community college has facilitated significant advancements in the training of instructors for the territory's schools. This article describes teacher education at the ASCC.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa