Effective educator preparation remains critical to the future of education in
Tennessee. As a state, we have already focused on admission requirements in
educator preparation programs. Teaching candidates must have a GPA of 2.75
and an ACT or SAT score of 21 or 1020 for admission to an educator preparation
program. Research is mixed on the relationship between academic admission
requirements and teacher candidates’ later effectiveness levels. This provides an
opportunity for needed research.
Each educational preparation program has its approach to supporting teacher
candidates, and our association tries to fill in gaps for our student members.
It is critical to walk the fine line between informing teacher candidates with the
needed knowledge and overburdening them with excessive information. We aim