Types of Changes in NCATE Accredited Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Programs Related to No Child Left Behind
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
This study reports the results of a survey as to whether NCATE accredited institutions throughout the United States made changes in professional education and/or teaching field coursework, in either elementary and/or secondary areas, because of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Two hundred forty eight of the 550 institutions surveyed (45.09%) responded that changes had been made because of NCLB. Areas of change included increasing hours in professional education and teaching field courses, and expanding alternative certification/licensure programs. There was also increased articulation/dialogue between Schools, Colleges, and Departments of Education (SCDEs) and Colleges of Arts and Sciences as well as increased articulation between SCDEs and local schools/school districts. The percentages of SCDEs making changes were nearly uniform across all sizes of institutions. Changes were made in both private and public SCDEs.
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