In the United States, there are more than 1,200 teacher education programs and 130 other possible routes for becoming licensed. Essentially, you must earn a Bachelor's degree and pass the certification exam.
Over the years, however, experts continuously have said that in terms of gauging teacher preparedness, it's not enough. The numbers prove that there needs to be change. When compared to countries that set a more selective standard and rigorous instruction approach for future teachers, America scores far lower on critical thinking tests such as the PISA and TIMMS exams, showing that critical skills are not being taught effectively, presumably to neither teachers or students.
One way to combat this is through thoughtful professional development. Teachers are learners in the same way their students are, absorbing their environment and making decisions perhaps differently from year to year. In the ever-changing environment of the classroom, one way to support educators and students simultaneously is to let teachers opt for the personal development courses they would find most useful, and enable them to pursue it.
To learn more about this, read what Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy, told Tim Goral of District Administration: