Originally Posted by CBrown85
Would love to see how such a quick program like that could produce non-shitty teachers. Seems to be a "have it or you don't, so give us your money" deal.
...to the best of my knowledge that's generally how it works, unfortunately. I found that most of my learning how to teach took place during student teaching. The summer program requires 4 weeks. I had 12, and I didn't really feel to get the hang of things until about week 10. And some Masters programs or integrated bachelor-masters programs require two student teaching semesters. Nothing makes up for experience, I've found. Though that whole natural ability to speak in front of large groups and creativity to use various methods that reach different students can take you pretty far.
But I'll say that given the choice between an under-prepared teacher and no teacher, or an under-prepared teacher and a better prepared teacher who does not know their subject well enough to teach it, a school system can do worse than hire some one from an accelerated certification program. And many newly certified teachers, regardless of preparation, will have to spend some months as a long term or permanent sub before getting a full time position. A lot of growth can take place in that time.