Offering Preservice Teachers Field Experiences in K-12 Online Learning: A National Survey of Teacher Education Programs

Kathryn Kennedy, Leanna Archambault

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Abstract

Enrollment in K-12 online learning is growing at an exponential rate throughout the United States. Currently, all 50 states offer K-12 online learning opportunities. Some states such as Michigan, Alabama, New Mexico, and Idaho have passed legislative measures requiring K-12 students to complete at least one online learning experience by the time they graduate high school. Because of this growth, 21st century educators need to be prepared to teach online. This study shares the results of a national survey targeting teacher education programs' efforts to help prepare preservice teachers for K-12 online learning. Data show that only 1.3% of responding teacher education programs are addressing this need via field experiences in virtual schools. Implications for policy and practice in the field of teacher education are examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-200
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Teacher Education
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

Keywords

  • K-12 virtual schools
  • field experiences
  • preservice teacher education
  • professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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