The 2004 NASDTEC
manual: Manual on the preparation and certification of educational personnel.
To qualify for full certification, teachers need to meet high standards of preparation specified by each state (NASDTEC, 2003).
According to NASDTEC's data from 50 states and the District of Columbia (2003, Table B-8), 8 weeks of practice teaching is the minimum required for an initial teaching certificate; this coincides with information from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Preparation (D.
"It's really the membership that makes the Clearinghouse work," says NASDTEC
Executive Director Roy Einreinhofer.
Using the feedback, the staff fine-tuned the evaluation system, which relied heavily on NASDTEC
(National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification) standards.
This generally low rate of participation closely matches many state's re-licensure requirements, typically 15 days over a five-year period (NASDTEC
2004), suggesting that most teachers do the bare minimum required under law.
Working within this nurturing partnership, we developed a vision reflecting the ideals espoused in current research and major reform initiatives, such as described in Tomorrow's Schools: Principles for the Design of Professional Development Schools (Holmes Group, 1990), Teachers for our Nation 's Schools (Goodlad, 1990), A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st century (Carnegie Forum, 1986), the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC
, 1992), and the standards proposed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE, 1991).
Today, according to the NASDTEC
Manual 2000 (published by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification), only 13 states require high school teachers to have a major in the subject area they teach.
State departments did eventually try to bring some uniformity to the expectations for preparation through NASDTEC
(National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification), the organization of state department of education officials responsible for approving education programs.