Teacher ed without certification?!

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Teacher ed without certification?!
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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 5:00pm

This is about Hillsdale College- a Michigan school that rebels against the system so much that students who get federal student loans can't go there.  They have a new rebellion on the books- against teacher certification in Michigan.  It seems that recently, Michigan passed a law that forced every teacher ed program in the state to align themselves with national certification.  Well, Hillsdale thinks that national certification is useless, so they have stopped offering a program leading to certification in Michigan, though they still offer "teacher ed."  They say that their program will prepare students to teach in schools that do not require state certification.

I honestly don't know if this is good or bad.  I do see a certain attraction to rebelling against education laws passed by politicians who really don't understand education.  But, I would never go there.  Over the years, I took several education courses that did not lead to certification- something always got in my way.  From 2007 to 2010, I went several thousand into debt to get that magic piece of paper once and for all.  The courses I took in this one program were all courses I had previously elsewhere.  I think I did learn from different approaches, but I would not have wasted precious dollars on a program that did not offer certification.  I think other teachers in my position also can't afford the luxury of a teacher education without that meal ticket of a piece of paper.  Thoughts?

Express!

Beth "Petrouchka"

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Sun, 07-29-2012 - 3:24pm

Your job possibilities would definitely be limited. Sure there are private schools that aren't worried about having certified teachers, but from what I've seen those numbers are decreasing.  All of our private schools, religious, independent etc require certification. I'd  also think you would have a lot of competition from local career changers without certification and you would have to be ready to relocate to wherever you might get that one offer.  Not logical to me!

Many states are requiring more uniformity in teacher ed. That's another idea behind the Common Core in K-12. I guess the politicians want everyone to know and do things in perfect lock-step unity. Our revised certification requirements were horrible, but so are the politicians behind them. They are also pushing Common Core.

Sherry
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 8:42pm
Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 8:43pm
So I hit the wrong button and it let me post blank! Interesting! I really don't have anything to add beyond what Sherry said!