By defaultuser
November 29, 2001

Education majors are feeling the effects of Cabrini’s new policy regarding their certification. Shannon King’s article on page 1 explains the logistics in great detail. In short, when it comes to certifying graduating students who will pursue a career in teaching, Cabrini is ranked among the lowest with competing schools. As a result, all students must first pass the Praxis tests before they are able to do their required student teaching. In the past, students were able to do their student teaching without taking the test. Students could also graduate with a degree in education. Many seniors this year have yet to take the tests.

With this new policy in effect, many seniors will be unable to student teach next semester and will not graduate with a degree in education. They will, however, graduate with a degree in educational studies, a degree Cabrini has concocted to allow these students to graduate on time. Their student teaching and their certification will be put off until later.

Who is to blame for this confusion? Students claim that they were ill-advised by their earlier advisers to wait until their senior year to take certain sections of the tests. If that’s the case, then how do you explain the seniors who have already completed and passed the tests and are ready to start their student teaching next semester?

Advantages abounded for students who took the tests early because if they failed any of the tests they would have an opportunity to take them again. Also they could space out the tests so that they wouldn’t have to take all of the tests (up to seven) at once.

If Cabrini continued to allow students to graduate without certification it could lose its ability to certify students in the future. This could result in a big drop for future admissions. While Cabrini saves its reputation among the ranks of other colleges, what does it leave for the students? Students who will graduate with a degree in educational studies this year and do their student teaching in one of the summer sessions will have less time in front of a classroom than students who were able to teach in the spring semester. So instead of Cabrini graduating students without passing the tests, it will be sending future teachers into the working world who lack the practical experience needed to teach. It is a gray area between what the students were told and what they actually heard, but the decision on Cabrini’s part is final.

In the midst of this controversy it should not be forgotten that Cabrini offers an excellent program for those interested in the education field. The good news is that after this year passes all of these kinks should be worked out.

The Loquitur editorial board voted for this editorial with a vote of 10 to 4 in favor of this editorial.

The editorials, viewpoints, opinions and letters to the editor published in Loquitur are the views of the student editorial board and the individual writers, not the entire student body or the faculty and administration.

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