New York Times: Going Professional: The Ins and Outs of the Education Profession
The NY Times has recently published an article discussing professional struggles getting into the fields of Law, Business, Medicine, Dentistry, Education, Engineering. The highlight on the education profession features the TPP (Teacher Preparation Program) we participate in at MCE such as DTR and TPP.
Article Education Snippet from : Going Professional: The Ins and Outs: Law, Business, Medicine, Dentistry, Education, Engineering (2014 Aug 1)
EDUCATION | New Standards Coming
Getting in: Fair or not, education schools have a bad reputation. Their admission standards are too low, critics say, their curriculum out of touch. But there is promise of a new era. Recently, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation introduced new standards that will require entering cohorts to have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and test scores in the top 50 percent nationally by 2016-17. Once students graduate, they are likely to see tougher preparation and licensing requirements as well.
And out: Many education schools have been trying to do more to help students hone the skills they will need on the job. “There’s this idea that teacher prep has not been preparing students for the classroom,” says Ann Nutter Coffman, a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association. “So rather than focusing on theory, there’s a movement to have more clinically based preparation.”
That means future teachers are spending more time in front of students. Innovative teacher-residence programs, such as those offered by the University of Denver and University of Washington, allow participants to teach alongside a mentor in urban public schools while earning a master’s in education — a degree that puts teachers on a higher salary scale and opens up administrative job opportunities down the line.
As for shortages, the nation’s schools have many, especially in math, physics and chemistry. Special-education instructors and middle-school teachers are in high demand. But K-6 teachers are more plentiful, and there’s a surplus of biology teachers. Getting certified in more than one subject can help applicants secure a position, which is why Ms. Coffman says prospective teachers should not put all their eggs in one basket. “Maybe you want to be an elementary schoolteacher,” she says, “but adding special education to that makes it more likely you’ll find a job.”
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