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Education Department Faculty Co-Author Article about Teaching Online

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Posted: Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Sept. 19, 2013

Two members of the Saint Vincent College faculty – Dr. Veronica I. Ent, associate professor and chairperson of education, and Dr. Stacie Nowikowski, assistant professor in education – co-authored an article entitled, “Tiers Without Fears: A Model for Teaching Preservice Teachers How to Teach Online,” in the fall 2013 edition of The Pennsylvania Teacher Educator, a journal of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators.

“The article presents a unique teacher preparation model (ATOP) developed for teaching online pedagogy to pre-service teachers,” Dr. Ent explained. “The Saint Vincent College ATOP (Articulated Tiers of Online Pedagogy) model demonstrates how to adapt to prepare future teachers for settings other than the traditional classroom. The model demonstrates how to implement training beginning with novice concepts and increasing in sophistication to full implementation during student teaching. The ATOP model attempts to reduce the burden of adding intensive training at one point in a student’s preparation, but instead, allowing concepts to be introduced in accordance with teacher development at all stages. The Saint Vincent College model offers other Pennsylvania teacher education programs direction as they strive to better prepare educators for the trends of tomorrow.”

Ent serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Education work group for the development of the Online Teaching Endorsement certification. The article will be followed by the forthcoming requirements for teacher education programs to offer online teaching methods as an add-on certification.

Currently there are 76,000 students in Pennsylvania enrolled in online instruction and it is estimated that at least 174 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts are under contract with nonprofit or for-profit vendors of online courses. In addition, there are 32,322 students enrolled in cyber charter schools.

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