MA Student Teachers Protest Outsource Licensing Proposal

Photo of the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst.

Student teachers and professors at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in Amherst say changes to the national licensing procedure could have a negative impact on those looking to add an education degree to their resume in the future.


The students are now refusing to participate in a pilot program for the new procedure being developed by Stanford University with the education company Pearson, according to The New York Times.

The program, which is being tested by 200 universities across the U.S, includes 270 minutes of recorded classroom teaching that has been reduced to a 20 minute video, which would be used as a supplement to traditional assessment methods, including classroom observation, and a 40-page take-home test. Under the proposal, students who did not pass could not add a license to their resume.

This is something complex and we don’t like seeing it taken out of human hands, Barbara Madeloni, head of the university’s high school teacher training program, told the news agency. "We are putting a stick in the gears."

Washington will be the first state to require teaching candidates pass the assessment test next year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for kindergarten and elementary school teachers are expected to increase by 17% through 2020.

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