Online Teacher Education Programs and Their Implications
In the last five years, higher education has witnessed unprecedented growth in their enrollment in online courses. About 34% of institutions of higher education in the United States are now offering complete online degrees. There is no doubt the online course delivery has its many advantages such as the convenience of such mode for students who hold full-time jobs as well as the opportunity to hold online discussions on topics that encourage the participation of all students. Online course delivery allows many opportunities for the field of education such offering more graduate degrees for students who otherwise will not be able to attain them through traditional course delivery. However, educators have to be very careful of the pitfalls such practice can cause for colleges of education’s instructors and graduates. The author has been teaching online courses at her institution for the past ten years. In this article, she shares her misgivings of offering whole teacher education preparation programs online. She discusses the research and implications of such practice for the profession.
Keywords: Online Teacher Education Programs
Dr. Amany Saleh
Pofessor, Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Special Education, Arkansas State University