Hey, Teach! Alternative Education Programs Could Replace Education Colleges
A dozen states require teachers to get a master's degree. Alternative certification programs such as Teach for America allow college graduates who did not study eduction to begin teaching while pursuing a master's degree after hours, The Times reports. However, only a few states, including Rhode Island and Louisiana, currently allow alternative education programs to effectively certify their own teachers, according to the newspaper.
These programs are growing. The 2011 federal education budget doubles the financing for teacher training through a $235 million fund that will go to both alternative and traditional preparation programs, The Times reports.
Education deans say they are grateful for programs like Teach for America, but they deny that education colleges are too focused on theory.
"We're at a huge frontier when it comes to understanding learning," Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, tells The Times. "Divorcing teacher preparation from this research would suggest to me that you would prepare doctors with hands-on tools without their benefiting from medical research."
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