Initial teacher certification in a virtual environment: Student dispositions and program implications
Carolyn B. Davis, Capella University, United States
Capella University . Awarded
Initial teaching certification requires a baccalaureate degree and state certification. Traditionally, undergraduate students complete course requirements at a brick-and-mortar university, participate in field experiences and student teaching assignments, and then pass state standards-based examinations. Advancements in technology have made offering a baccalaureate degree with initial teaching certification a reality at one rural east Texas university. Full-time employment, family responsibilities, nor geographical location will present barriers to persons desiring initial teaching certification in the state of Texas. The purpose of this qualitative study was to communicate the dispositions and experiences of the first undergraduate population to obtain initial teacher preparation via an online degree program in Texas. This qualitative study revealed that the online student expects a rigorous program of study that prepares new teachers to meet diverse student needs, instructor support for the adult learner, and assistance with technology issues associated with online course delivery. The study results affirmed the value of an intentional opportunity for baccalaureate degree completion with initial teaching certification through a virtual environment.
Davis, C.B. Initial teacher certification in a virtual environment: Student dispositions and program implications. Ph.D. thesis, Capella University.
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