Teaching Future Educators During a Global Pandemic

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Authors:
Jacquelynne Anne Boivin, Bridgewater State University, USA
Kathryn Welby, Merrimack College, USA
Email: [email protected]
Published: April 2, 2021
https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.9.2.02

Citation: Boivin, J. A., & Welby, K. (2021). Teaching Future Educators During a Global Pandemic, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.9.2.02


Abstract

While schools are the center of attention in many regards throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, programs that prepare educators have not received nearly as much attention. How has the reliance on technology, shifts in daily norms with health precautions, and other pandemic-related changes affected how colleges and universities are preparing teachers for their careers? This article walks the reader through the pandemic, from spring 2020, when the virus first shut down the US in most ways, to the winter of 2021. The authors, two educator preparation faculty members from both public and private higher education institutions in Massachusetts, reflect on their experiences navigating the challenges and enriching insights the pandemic brought to their work. Considerations for future implications for the field of teacher-preparation are delineated to think about the long-term effects this pandemic could have on higher education and K-12 education.

Keywords

COVID-19, hybrid, licensure, remote, teacher-preparation, virtual