New teacher training standards
The Ministry of Higher Education has announced the approval of new standards for teacher training at Dominican universities, as reported in Listin Diario. The universities must eliminate one-day-a-week programs and students need to pass two standardized tests to be applied by the Ministry of Higher Education before being admitted to a degree course in education. The new standards require teachers of university teacher training courses to have at least a Masters degree in the area they are teaching.
Minister Ligia Amada Melo says that the government will cover the expenses of bringing specialized foreign instructors as required. She said the government would continue to award scholarships for specialized studies abroad.
The new standards were approved on Friday, 11 December 2015 and while they are effective immediately, they will apply to new students as of the second semester of 2016.
The Minister said that pre-school teachers now required a minimum of 150 credits, 160 for primary school and 180 for high school. The programs need to include at least four levels of English and Information and Communications Technology.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Dec 17, 2015
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