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Teacher Preparation Without Boundaries: A Two-Year Study of an Online Teacher Certification Program
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, , University of North Texas, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 14, Number 4, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

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The Online Post Baccalaureate Program is described along with indicators of how well the program met the goals of its developers during two years of implementation. Faculty aimed to develop a program that would satisfy students, offer a more accessible path into teaching for post baccalaureate candidates and compare favorably in quality to its nationally accredited baccalaureate program for secondary teacher candidates. Research indicates success of the online program in (a) effecting statistically significant increases in the number of diverse candidates entering teaching, including career changer and minority candidates; (b) significantly increasing the number of candidates prepared by University of North Texas (UNT) in the critical shortage areas of science and mathematics; (c) achieving candidate performance at least equal to that of traditional program candidates on teacher quality indicators including GRE, state certification tests, and portfolio ratings; and (d) assuring candidate satisfaction with the online program.

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Esprivalo Harrell, P. & Harris, M. (2006). Teacher Preparation Without Boundaries: A Two-Year Study of an Online Teacher Certification Program. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 14(4), 755-774. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved December 15, 2019 from .

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