Features of Exemplary Teacher Education Programs Identified by Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education, Stanford University
ONE • Coherence based on a common, clear vision of good teaching that permeates all coursework and clinical experiences.
TWO • Well-defined standards of practice and performance that guide and evaluate course-work and clinical work.
THREE • Curriculum grounded in knowledge of child and adolescent development, learning, social contexts, and subject matter pedagogy.
FOUR • Extended clinical experiences carefully developed to support the ideas and practices presented in simultaneous closely interwoven coursework.
FIVE • Explicit strategies to help student teachers to confront their own deep-seated beliefs and assumptions about learning.
SIX • Strong relationships, common knowledge, and shared beliefs that link all who are teaching these prospective teachers.
SEVEN • Assessment based on professional standards that evaluates teaching through demonstrations of critical skills and abilities using performance assessments and portfolios.