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Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 542]
Action Comprehensive Revision of the Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in
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Comment Period Ends 10/31/2015
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10/22/15  9:45 am
Commenter: Kathleen Daly, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Social Foundations" in the Virginia teacher licensure sequence
 

Ensuring that pre-service teachers come to the teaching profession with an understanding of the sociological forces at work in education is an essential part of their ability to positively impact students' lives in a range of settings. Changing the title of this course leaves this essential component as a possible implication, a footnote, rather than an integral part of teacher training. The course title "The Teaching Profession" reflects a belief that the educational system is a one-size-fits-all approach, when we know this is not the case. Consider the importance of the social and philosophical elements of education and retain the title "Foundations" so that professors who are experienced in this field can continue to teach these courses and impart a broader understanding of the nature of the field of education to new teachers.