Mar 4, 2019
As part of an ongoing commitment by the South Carolina legislature to evaluate aspects of the South Carolina Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP), the authors of this report explore the distribution of teacher education levels and examine the relationship between those levels and child outcomes. They also document professional development opportunities available to CERDEP teachers in the 2017–2018 school year.
The South Carolina Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP) is a state-funded full-day four-year-old prekindergarten (4K) program for children at risk of not being ready to start kindergarten. The program is implemented using a mixed-delivery system, with both public school districts and licensed private center–based providers able to serve eligible children. As part of an ongoing commitment by the South Carolina legislature to evaluate aspects of CERDEP, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC) contracted with the RAND Corporation to address questions related to teacher education and teacher professional development.
The teacher education requirements differ between public school districts and private center–based providers. Teachers in public school districts are required to have a bachelor's degree, while teachers in private centers must have at least an associate degree. In the first half of the report, the authors explore the distribution of teacher education levels among CERDEP teachers in public school districts and private CERDEP providers. The authors also examine the relationship between teacher education levels and assessments of children's language and literacy kindergarten readiness skills at the end of 4K in the private CERDEP settings only.
In the second half of the report, the authors document the in-service professional development opportunities available to CERDEP teachers in the 2017–2018 school year, and compare the opportunities available to teachers in the public school districts and private settings.
CERDEP Teacher Education Levels and Child Outcomes
Professional Development for CERDEP Teachers
Key Findings and Policy Recommendations
CERDEP History and Program Features
Technical Methods Details for Chapter 2
Comparing CERDEP Children Across Public and Private Settings
CERDEP Professional Development Key Informant Interview Protocol