Training the 21-year-old teacher

Bright students at University of Maine-Fort Kent will be able to earn a three-year bachelor’s degree in education, reports the Bangor Daily News.

Student Teachers Aspiring to meet the Real challenges of Schools (STARS) includes the same coursework as the four-year degree; students will earn more credits per semester, take summer classes and use AP credits.

Teacher Quality Bulletin thinks 21 is very young to be a teacher.

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  1. I don’t think I was appreciably more mature at 23 (the age I would’ve been had I done the CA 5 year certification route) than 21. Now if we’re talking late 20’s vs. early 20’s, that would be a different story…

  2. I agree with Crimson Wife. I don’t know if there’s much difference in maturity level from 21 to 23. But I’m looking at it from 43! To me, they’re pretty much the same. I’ve met non-traditional students in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s who are going into education who I would *never* want my children in a classroom with. Age is no definitive indicator of ability or maturity.

  3. Kevin Smith says:

    At least 3 of my schools 9 first year teachers were 21 at the start of the year. The one who didn’t turn 22 until last week is definitely the one who appears to have the best content knowledge and classroom management skills (she is a science teacher with standard level classes).


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