Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New York State looks at simplifying teacher certification, allowing alternate programs

I’ve covered before the growing interest in reducing the “education-course-specific” requirements for teacher licensure, and the New York Times ran a story by Lisa W. Foderaro on the effort to do so in New York State on April 19, link here.

New York is one of several states that actually requires a masters in education in a some time period for teacher certification. But the New York State Board of Regents is looking at allowing alternative programs, such as Teach for America, to create their own work-study graduate programs that would allow candidates to earn more money while gaining their degrees.

There is more concern now with the practical issues in classroom management and interacting with students, such as the use of eye contact, discipline, class participation, and when teachers should expect students to give more complete answers in classroom exercises.

I can remember from the early 1960s that students in New York used to worry about Regents exams, much like SOL’s under NCLB today.

Picture: near the "Yankee Stadiums" in the Bronx on 161 St

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