Monday, December 20, 2010

D-6. Teacher Preparation Programs: Content and Evaluation

The National Education Association believes that teacher preparation programs must—

a. Involve practicing, licensed pre-K through adult education teachers in the design, implementation, evaluation, and systematic change of the program
b. Involve students preparing to teach in the evaluation and improvement of the program
c. Involve teacher educators who are licensed and practicing in their field of expertise and who also demonstrate practical knowledge of schools and classroom teaching
d. Include a policy of affirmative recruitment
e. Include tests, reports, student teaching, portfolio reviews, and other measures of performance designed to assess progress in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching
f. Require courses in the liberal arts, subject or grade-level specialty, reading, methodologies for the instruction of students with limited English proficiency, and professional studies that include learning theories, curriculum design, classroom management, behavior management, discipline, student assessment, school accountability, school law, and teaching techniques
g. Include instruction and field experience in the uses of appropriate technology for managing and advancing instruction
h. Include instructional content and experience that address our multicultural, multi-ethnic diversity, recognize the contributions of ethnic and other minorities, and provide
strategies and techniques for teaching and interacting with culturally diverse students
i. Include instructional content and experiences that address how economic and/or housing status affect a child’s readiness and ability to learn and function in a school setting and that provide specific techniques for teachers who teach children of poverty
j. Involve students preparing to teach in recognizing biases and acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to assist them in creating a bias-free environment
k. Include instructional content and experience in research and information skills, group processes, shared decision making, strategic planning, the dynamics of intergroup communications, peace and conflict resolution, human growth and development, the changing role of the family, exceptional behaviors, and human relations
l. Include a variety of field experiences throughout the preparation program culminating in clinical practice
m. Include accurate instructional content on the evolution of professional teacher organizations and the advances in the areas of job contracts, salary schedules, benefit programs, and working conditions
n. Include instruction and practical experiences in the processes, strategies, realities, responsibilities, and challenges of shared decision making, problem-solving, and strategic planning
o. Include instructional content in awareness and educational programs of all special education areas recognized by federal law
p. Provide access to professional and preprofessional organizations related to the education profession and areas of certification
q. Promote involvement in an NEA Student Program local chapter that provides opportunities for community outreach, professional development, and political action
r. Be evaluated and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
s. Be funded at a level that ensures that NCATE accreditation is achieved and maintained. (1970, 2009)

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