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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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10/29/15  9:34 am
Commenter: Maike Philipsen, Virginia Commonwealth University

Teacher licensure regulations
 

“Foundations of education” denotes a specific field of study with its own knowledge base and graduate programs. Well prepared faculty teach foundations of education courses and enhance teacher preparation by providing in-depth information about professional ethics and the meaning of education in a democracy. They teach preparing teachers the rich history of public education in our country and how to learn from the past, shaping meaningful and rich educational systems now and for the future. Foundations of Education’s focus on the “whys” of education—from societal goals to cultural and social trends affecting all aspects of education—is critical to effective implementation of the “hows” of classroom practice. All of that gets lost if the name “Foundations of education” is dropped and replaced by a term without history or disciplinary tradition, such as “the teaching profession.” It is not a wise move.