A national analysis of business teacher certification Public Deposited

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  • Problem While the primary emphasis of this study was on the professional aspects of a business teacher's preparation, by necessity it was concerned with other aspects of the preparation of business teachers, especially as these relate to the so-called "professional sequence." Thus the purpose of the study was to seek answers to six basic questions: 1. What are the usual general education requirements? 2. What are the professional education requirements? 3. How much specialized content is essential in the field of business education, including business education methods courses? 4. How much specialized content is essential in the field of business administration? 5. What types of credentials are offered by the fifty state departments of education and their limitations? 6. What is the minimum professional work experience required to qualify for a credential? Procedures Four basic questionnaires were used to obtain data used in this study. One questionnaire was mailed to each of the fifty state departments of education requesting information regarding business teacher certification in each respective state. The three remaining questionnaires were mailed to a jury of recognized authorities in the fields of business administration, business education, and the field of education, asking them to indicate those courses and experiences deemed necessary in the curricula of a business teacher. Summary of Findings Information obtained from the questionnaires sent the fifty state departments of education and the three hundred sixteen noted authorities included in the jury of authorities indicated the following. A lack of uniformity among the fifty states with respect to many certification requirements exist. Data reveal a significant variation in actual state requirements and those suggested by the jurors. Data reveals a great variety of types and kinds of teaching certificates being issued by the fifty state departments of education. Available data tends to support the increasing of certification requirements beyond those currently required by the vast majority of state departments of education. One can conclude from the jury recommendations that the current certification requirements are not sufficient to meet the challenges of business education today. Recommendations On the basis of the findings and conclusions of this study, the following recommendations are presented: 1. A bachelor's degree as the minimum for certification in business education. 2. Where possible, the minimum amount of preparation be increased to five years of college. 3. It is recommended that the states discontinue the issuance of emergency, or temporary, certificates at the earliest possible date. 4. Certificates be renewed every five years with no limit to the number of times they may be renewed. 5. Subject proficiency or specialization be required. 6. The following total curriculum semester hour requirements be considered minimal: a. General Education - 50 semester hours. b. Professional Education - 16 semester hours. c. Specialized Professional Business Education - 20 semester hours. d. Business Administration - 30 semester hours. e. Business Education Methods - 6 semester hours. f. Student Teaching - 6 semester hours. The following courses are recommended as a minimum core curriculum: General Education Social Science English Humanities Mathematics Psychology Speech Professional Education Educational Psychology Tests and Measurements Adolescent and Developmental Psychology Philosophy of Education Audio-Visual Aids Principles of Education Educational Guidance Specialized Professional Business Education Typewriting Business Machines Shorthand Secretarial Practice and Procedures Principles of Business Education Tests and Measurements in Business Education Business Education Methods Courses General Methods in Business Education Methods of Teaching Shorthand Methods of Teaching Typewriting Business Administration Accounting Business Law Economics Electronic Data Processing Business Correspondence and Reports Marketing Finance and Investments Personnel Management Money and Banking Student Teaching
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