Certifying adult education staff and faculty
Publisher: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
Published At: New York, NY
Date Published: January 3, 2011
Distributor: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
Source Address: 1221 Avenue of the Americas - 46th Floor
Source City/State/Zip: New York NY 10020
Material Type: Information Analysis
Intended Audience: Policy Maker
Physical Media: Print
Physical Description: i + 88 p.
Subjects: Adult Educators; Teacher Certification; Credentials
This report describes certification and credentialing of instructional personnel in adult education programs in the United States. It was prepared as a background information paper for a CAAL Roundtable held in June 2010. It reviews certification activities at the state level and in postsecondary institutions. It considers the pros and cons of developing a comprehensive certification system with comparable elements across the states, and offers suggestions for research and action. This paper examines three broad questions: (1) What adult education “certification and credentialing” systems for teachers and staff are currently in use in the U.S.(in terms of standards, requirements, and mechanisms)? (2) What benefits could a comprehensive adult education certification system have—for learners,teachers, and institutions? and (3), based on current practice and understanding, what steps might be taken to further examine difficult issues and develop a comprehensive certification system if one is desired? One of three appendices gives examples of eleven state and national systems/frameworks for setting and tracking teaching standards and competency.
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