COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of life as we know it — including teacher preparation. This page includes resources to support educator-preparation leaders and state policymakers as they respond to the pandemic.
Federal Policy Recommendations
Across the country, we face complex questions about how to restart our schools this fall. There are more than 450,000 individuals enrolled in teacher-preparation programs nationwide who are ready, willing, and able to help. And in two relatively simple steps, we can harness this large workforce-in-training to support student learning and stimulate economic recovery:
1. Create opportunities for future teachers to provide tutoring to students
2. Expand the capacity of the current workforce with aspiring teachers
Plan for Addressing Educational and Economic Recovery
Here’s what Congress should do.
Teacher Preparation Policy Database
As a public resource, we have developed the COVID-19 Teacher Preparation Policy Database, which covers changes to licensure, clinical requirements, entry and exit assessments, and program approval. We are currently monitoring changes across all 50 states and DC.
We will continue to update the tool regularly, drawing attention to extensions and new guidance issued for AY2020-21. Please note that information contained in the database should be considered advisory and states should be consulted directly for definitive information.
Explore the COVID-19 Teacher Preparation Policy Database.
Preparing for AY2020-21: COVID-19 state teacher-preparation policy
With a new school year upon us, states will likely need to update policy decisions and guidance previously issued. This summary includes recent examples.
Last updated: October 13, 2020
What States Should Do
Looking to Fall 2020, we offer three recommendations for a school year that will be unlike any other we have ever experienced:
1. States should allow well-designed virtual experiences to satisfy clinical teaching requirements.
2. States and districts should provide specific professional development and induction support grounded in the science of learning to new teachers.
3. States should adopt policies that allow teacher-candidates to provide online tutoring to students.
Read more in our policy brief below.
Three policy recommendations for educator preparation
As states look ahead to the fall, we see three critical policy questions that states should plan for now.