Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Amy Jackson

Second Advisor

Dr. Bradley Owings

Third Advisor

Dr. Sherry DeVore

Abstract

Teacher shortages exist across the nation, with greater shortages in middle school and secondary education (Center for Public Education, 2016). The purpose of this study was to determine the factors and barriers presented to teacher education candidates affecting the selection of their teacher education degrees in a rural community college setting. The research questions were designed to use quantitative survey questions administered to the teacher education candidate population of ABC College. Qualitative interview questions were used to gather data from the Director and Assistant Director of Enrollment Services/Student Development at ABC College. As a result of data analysis, misconceptions were identified regarding the existence and design of Teacher Cadet and Grow Your Own Teacher programs within the rural community college setting. Additionally, data indicated identifiable factors and barriers to the degree selection of aspiring teacher education candidates.

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