Harvard dissolves undergrad teacher education program

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Anna Merod 
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  • Citing extremely low enrollment, Harvard has ended its Undergraduate Teacher Education Program and is pivoting to a master's-only program for training future teachers. 
  • The decision to shift also followed increasing difficulty for Harvard undergraduates in fulfilling teacher licensing requirements due to bureaucratic obstacles, said Heather Hill, education professor at Harvard and co-chair of the college’s Teaching and Teacher Leadership master’s program. Students specifically faced difficulties participating in the program while completing a senior thesis, she said. 
  • However, even without a designated program for undergraduates, students can still seek a teaching license individually through Harvard, Hill said. Moreover, she said the TTL master’s program is already increasing the number of teachers Harvard is training. 

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This is good news. Undergraduates should not be majoring in education. Let them get a real education in any traditional subject.

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