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Maxwell, Lyle||Stehr, B. W.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education


Business education--Study and teaching


The purpose of this study is to determine What the course and semester hour requirements are for certification in order to teach business subjects at the secondary school level in the United States. The data for this study were obtained from documents supplied by the state departments of education or their agencies. In compiling the information the study was limited to those requirements in business education, business administration, and economics courses. Further, the data were compiled for twenty randomly selected secondary school subjects to ascertain the collegiate course requirements to be certified in a particular subject. In general, the findings indicate that requirements vary extensively and show lack of agreement among states. Although a majority of the certifying units have specific semester hour requirements, such agencies do not state the specific course work that shall make up the total semester hour requirement. Most certifying units do specify course requirements in bookkeeping, shorthand, and typewriting, although few other course requirements are specified. For the initial teaching certificate, a small minority of the certifying units require a masters degree or work experience. A majority of the states do not indicate specific course or hour requirements in methods courses. The following conclusions were drawn from the findings: 1. There is general lack of agreement among the certifying units as to the number of semester hours that are required of a candidate. 2. Generally, the indication is that specific courses are not required of candidates who seek certification as business teachers. 3. There does not seem to be a trend toward requiring a masters degree for the initial teaching certificate. 4. There does not seem to be a trend toward requiring work experience for nonvocational business teachers. 5. Where specific course work is required it will, in a majority of the certifying units, be in the areas of bookkeeping, shorthand, and typewriting. 6. Generally, the social business courses tend to have few if any specific course or semester hour requirements. 7. Generally, the secretarial science courses have specific course and semester hour requirements. 8. Course work that would prepare a candidate for economic education is not required in a majority of the states. A notable exception is Tennessee. 9. The lack of agreement that prevails in the certification of business teachers is also evident in the certification pattern of secondary school teachers in other areas of specialization. The following recommendations were made: 1. Business teachers, teachers in general, and the public should support the work of the national Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards and its state affiliates, the National Association for Business Teacher Education, and other local, state, and national organizations which seek to improve and unify certification policies and practices. 2. Business teachers should support the certification policy recommendations of the national Association for Business Teacher Education. 3. Further examinations should be made of certification practices in the future to keep the profession informed as to the current certification policies and practices.


Includes bibliographical references.||Pagination repeats number 51.


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