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(February 2, 2022, Washington, D.C.) – In a fall 2021 survey conducted by AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education), education leaders reported the resumption of in-person instruction and field experiences and some easing of enrollment and budget reductions. In both fall 2020 and 2021, the majority of educator preparation programs reported the pandemic had either no or minimal impact on enrollment (defined as a decline of less than 10%).
AACTE members also reported that state licensing requirements have largely been reinstated—including policies for coursework, observation or practicum, clinical experience, and performance assessment. But some states are creating opportunities for prospective teachers to circumvent the rules, which may negatively affect enrollment in educator preparation programs and exacerbate the current shortage of profession-ready educators in the workforce.
Despite the positive trends, for a sizable minority of institutions, COVID-19 continues to have a significant effect on undergraduate enrollment, budgets, and staffing. In both fall 2020 and fall 2021, 20% of institutions reported that the pandemic resulted in a decline in new undergraduate enrollment of 11% or more. At the graduate level, 13% of fall 2021 respondents reported significant declines in the number of new graduate students due to the pandemic.
This study updates previous AACTE surveys conducted in spring and fall 2020 on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting educator preparation programs. The fall 2021 survey was based on nearly 200 responses from individuals in leadership roles at colleges of education.
“AACTE is committed to collecting and providing updates on this survey data, not only to help our members benchmark against their peers but also to tell the story of the state of teacher preparation to the public, as the pandemic continues to affect the teaching workforce,” says Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “This report offers an updated data point in preparation for possible shifts related to the Omicron variant, as we continue to compare survey data over time.”
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AACTE is committed to ongoing research on the effects of the pandemic on educator preparation. Plans are in place to release the Winter 2022 survey to members in early February, with preliminary results by the Annual Meeting, March 4 – 6, 2022, and final results available later that month.
Access the full report and view the infographic. A summary of the survey findings, presented to AACTE members, is also available.
AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation
The AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) is a national alliance of educator preparation programs and partners dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. The over 650 member institutions and strategic partners include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at aacte.org