Topic: Teacher Preparation
Teacher Preparation & Pathways
Every student deserves a well-prepared teacher. But states need numerous high-quality pathways into teaching to attract qualified and diverse candidates.
What do policies for strong teacher preparation pathways look like?
- Leverage an assortment of pathways into teaching — including traditional pathways, alternative programs, apprenticeships and residencies, and grow-your-own initiatives.
- Clearly outline a shared set of high standards and expectations for all pathways.
- Make sure that the content and pedagogy covered in preparation programs is attuned to the real-life needs teachers will face in the classroom, such as classroom management, the science of reading, and social-emotional learning.
- Offer a variety of options for teachers to prove their skills outside of tests and courses — for example, micro-credentials, classroom demonstrations, or edTPA.
- Collect data on the strengths and impact of new teachers to identify which programs and pathways the best teachers are coming from.
- Support teachers across the career continuum — for example, define pathways into teacher-leadership opportunities for educators who demonstrate success in the classroom and an ability to facilitate adults, and consider their role in preparing future teachers.
- Ensure that preparation pathways go hand-in-hand with other teacher workforce policies as part of a cohesive, interlocking system — for example, incentivize candidates to pursue the most effective pathways into teaching through a licensure system that allows for the best-prepared candidates to enter with a higher starting salary.
How SREB supports teacher preparation
SREB tracks and summarizes policies, analyzes research, and offers several programs to train, induct and mentor teachers.
SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met during 2016, 2017 and 2018 to develop practical and effective recommendations to improve teacher preparation across the region. Learn more and read the Commission’s most recent report by visiting our Teacher Preparation Commission page.