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Document Number: 9906

Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children - Instead of asking whether a bachelor’s degree “matters” for quality instruction, this brief argues that it may be more important to examine whether teacher education programs and early learning work environments support high-quality practices. The authors discuss concerns about the curricular content of bachelor degree programs that prepare pre-k teachers, the quality of student teaching experiences and faculty members’ capacity to teach early education content. The brief also highlights the limited supports (e.g., professional development, compensation and benefits) that pre-k teachers receive after they attain their degrees. (National Institute for Early Education Research, April 2011)...

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