Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on August 14, 1957 · Page 5
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 5

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, August 14, 1957
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Higher Educational Standards Are Now Required for Iowa Teachers August 31, i960, has been set as the deadline after which new Iowa elementary school teachers must have completed an approved four- year program of college preparation leading to a bachelor's degree. State Superintendent of Public Instruction J. C. Wright has announced this action. Iowa thus becomes the 38th state to establish the four-year degree as the minimum standard. Beginning high school teachers have been required to meet the college-degree standard since 1935. These new requirements are not retroactive on teachers already holding renewable term certificates. » Temporary certificates will continue to be issued where needed In emergency situations to staff the schools adequately. However, studies made, by the ' National Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards of the National Education Association show that, when states establish the college - degree standard, greater numbers of persons are | attracted into the teaching profession. Preparatory Steps Discussions, preparatory to the adoption of this new standard, have been carried on in Iowa during the past several years. Prior to the White House Conference on Education in December, 1955, conferences on education were held in each county in Iowa during September and October. These county conferences were followed by an Iowa Governor's Conference on Education held on November 10, 1955. At the county conferences and at the state conference overwhelming majorities of the participants recommended that the minimum standard for beginning teachers in Iowa be the bachelor's degree and that it be established by 1960. The participants in these Iowa conferences, as well as in the White House Conference, were made up in large majority of lay people. The Delegate Assembly of the Iowa State Education Association made the same recommendation at its meeting in February, 1956. The Iowa Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards, an agency established by the Iowa State Education Association, assisted in the planning. The Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Certification, which is made up of representatives of the administrative and supervisory personnel of the public schools and colleges which prepare teachers and of the Iowa Congress of Parents and Teachers and the Iowa Association of School Boards, also gave assistance in developing the new plan for the up-grading of the preparation of beginning teachers. Effect on College Freshmen Term certificates for elementary school teachers based on two years of college preparation will not be available after August 31, 1958. However, students entering college in the fall of 1957 and 1958 may secure a certificate, respectively, in 1959 or 1960, but it will be valid for only one year of service as compared with the six-year certificate available to applicants with two years of college preparation. This certificate, designated as the professional commitment certificate, will be renewable upon successful teaching experience and six additional semester hours of college work completed each year until the State Turns Down Firm Seeking to Sell Alcoholic Pop DES MOINES UR-The Iowa Liquor Control Commission gave a fast turn-down Tuesday to a request of a Denver company for . permission to sell alcoholic pop in this state. The company said it markets, three kinds of beverages in cans, containing 6 to 8 per cent alcohol. The Redi-Shot Manufacturing Co. said it uses light wine in a drink called Redi-Shot, an orange beverage, and another called Calypso Cooler. Times Herald, Carroll, Iowa m Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1957 teacher 1 qualifies for a certificate based on a college degree. Opportunity for, College Grads The professional commitment certificate is also available to persons who already hold college degrees but who have not completed the professional education courses required for teachers' certificates. Such college graduates may be recommended for this certificate by their colleges after having completed 8 of the 20 semester hours in professional education required for full certification. Superintendent Wright stated that many of our finest and most professionally - motivated* teachers come from people who have not, as undergraduates, selected teaching as a career. • Period of Transition The date schedule for the upgrading of preparation requirements for beginning elementary school teachers provides also for the withdrawal of the approval of undergraduate .programs leading to the professional commitment certificate effective August 31, 1960. Thus students enrolling as freshmen on and after August 31, 1959, will need to complete four- year programs of teacher education requiring the bachelor's degree before beginning to teach. Superintendent Wright emphasized the transitional nature of the plan for the gradual application of the degree standard to beginning teachers. The schedule of dates will permit students and college officials to make the necessary long-range plans to meet these new standards. Role of Junior Colleges Each junior and senior college which now prepares elementary school teachers is eligible to prepare students for the professional commitment certificate upon the securing of the approval of a two-, year portion of a four-year teacher education program. Junior colleges will' continue to offer tfie first two years of college preparation required of beginning,teachers even after August 31, 1960, when the college-degree standard goes into effect. Administrators, Supervisors New applicants for certification for service in the public schools i as principals, supervisors, and superintendents must also meet increased standards after August 31, I960, Principals and supervisors will be required to have master's degrees and superintendents will be required to complete one year of study beyond the master's degree. Administrators and supervisors who already hold certificates are not subject* to these new standards in order legally to continue in their positions. Certificate Renewal All teachers must meet certain requirements in order to renew certificates which expire unless they have had four years of experience and five years of preparation. Then they become eligible for the permanent professional certificate, which, like licenses in other major professions, is valid throughout one's lifetime. These permanent professional certificates will be available, after August 31, I960, only when the applicants hold master's degrees. At the present time certain teachers with certificates in force are eligible to renew them for life on standards lower than five ! years of college preparation. However, certificates expiring after June 30, 1958, can be renewed for life only on the basis of the requirement of five years of college preparation. Unlike the per- j manent professional certificate, a j life-renewed certificate lapses if it is unused during any five-year ' period. 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