As teacher educators in Oklahoma, we really feel the necessity to converse up a few rising false impression.
While enrollment in most teacher preparation packages throughout the state has declined over the previous decade, the intentional efforts by colleges of education are having a optimistic influence.
The current information of teacher preparation packages being suspended at one small, personal establishment, whereas one thing we mourn for the establishment’s college and college students, doesn’t symbolize the wellbeing of teacher education statewide.
After a number of years of decline, many colleges of education are actually holding regular or stay very shut to current years’ quantity of graduates throughout the state. Combined, Oklahoma’s colleges graduated 1,173 educators in 2020.
However, the truth that the state has once more damaged its file for the quantity of emergency certifications granted — 3,428 thus far this 12 months — does certainly exhibit the extreme want for the state to spend money on complete teacher education.
Graduates of colleges of education have excessive retention charges and are rated highest of all certification pathways by their directors on the annual First-Year Teacher Survey. Put merely, university-based teacher education affords the state its finest return on funding.
Oklahoma’s colleges of education are poised to put together the professionals our colleges want, however as is the case with any scarcity of professionals, we’ll want to spend money on skilled preparation to do that important work.
There are few roles in society that rival the significance of a terrific teacher. Developing and retaining a robust teacher workforce is paramount to the success of our state; Oklahoma’s youngsters are relying on us to provide them comprehensively ready academics.
Each 12 months, a toddler has 180 thrilling days to unlock the magic of studying, develop into fascinated by chemistry, expertise the wonder of making music or expertise the fun of fixing an equation for the primary time. Those of us in teacher education understand how important our work is, not solely to put together extra academics to meet the excessive demand in our state, but in addition to recruit and put together expert, numerous, caring and dedicated professionals who might be half of our college communities for generations to come.
With intention and creativity, colleges of education throughout the state are actively recruiting and offering help for the following technology of Oklahoma’s academics by revolutionary inner packages and by providing vital scholarship funds and/or mortgage forgiveness packages.
Our state’s fantastic public colleges will welcome ready academics who’re prepared to enrich the lives of Oklahoma’s youngsters. Our youngsters aren’t simply making ready for his or her futures — they deserve wealthy, significant studying experiences proper now.
At Oklahoma’s colleges of education, we’re proud to put together academics who can provide simply that.
Reeder is the dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education on the University of Oklahoma. Pedersen is the dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences and Oklahoma State University. Duke is the interim dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies on the University of Central Oklahoma. Vanessa Anton is the dean of the College of Education at Northeastern State University.