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Preparing pre-k teachers: Policy considerations and strategies


Teacher preparation is quickly changing, with new models emerging to develop more accessible, affordable, flexible pathways. While programs are often labeled as traditional (e.g., four-year undergraduate programs) or alternative (e.g., fast-track programs for career changers), these classifications do not reflect the diversity of these new models. We will describe four of these approaches: allowing community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees, supporting paid work-based training through registered apprenticeships, funding grow-your-own programs that remove barriers for teachers within communities, and encouraging institutions of higher education (IHEs) to collaborate on developing aligned, articulated pathways. (author abstract)

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