Essay on What Makes A Qualified Teacher?

748 Words Sep 28th, 2015 3 Pages
Teacher education is constantly in the spotlight as educators and policy makers determine what characterizes a highly qualified teacher. According to Marszalek, LaNasa, & Adler (2010) highly teachers are those that have completed a teacher certification program, earned a bachelor’s degree, obtaining full state certification, and being placed in a position that matches his or her area of certification or licensure. Highly qualified teachers have not had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis. The definition of highly qualified teacher was revised to address the teacher shortage issue. The federal policy makers included alternate route Teachers that receive high quality professional development, before and during teaching, participate in a program with supervision, assume a teaching role, and make progress towards full certification as prescribed by the state are considered as highly qualified (Marszalek, LaNasa, & Adler, 2010).
Increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in large urban areas has become one of the major missions of policy makers. Schools serving disadvantaged students, especially ethnic minorities and those in poor, rural areas are less likely to staff highly qualified teachers (Clotfelter, Ladd, & Vigdor, 2010). Teachers in these types of school setting are generally less experienced and have a higher attrition rate. Schools and school districts in these areas tend to start the search…

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