COVID-19 and Teacher Preparation
Updated: Feb 11, 2021
What Washington Teacher Education Programs are Saying About the Impact of the Pandemic on Preparation and the Prospective Teacher Pipeline.
COVID-19 profoundly impacted teacher preparation during the close of the 2019-20 school year. Based on survey responses from nearly all Washington State teacher education programs (TEPs), we find that the pandemic had predictable but concerning effects on teacher preparation; most notably, student teaching requirements were greatly reduced or waived completely for many candidates. The nature of the feedback that candidates received from field placement supervisors and cooperating teachers also changed substantially as a result of the transition to remote instruction in K-12 schools. Survey responses do not suggest that the pandemic has had an immediate impact on TEP applications or enrollment, but there is still considerable ambiguity about how TEPs will operate going forward; survey responses show a wide range of plans for teacher preparation in the 2020-21 school year.
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