Did you ever wonder where school teachers came from?

During colonial days, the only requirement for teaching in the lower schools was an interest in learning and a willingness to work in what was then an ill-paid, low-prestige occupation. By the 1820s, teacher training became common in the academies, the equivalent of today’s secondary schools. Many women, excluded from men’s preparatory schools, could obtain an education only in such academies. The nation’s first private normal school, a two-year post-high school training institute for elementary-school teachers, was opened by Samuel R. Hall in 1823. The first state-supported normal school was created by Massachusetts in 1839.

Thanks to Henry Barnard and Horace Mann, the number of normal schools in the United States increased rapidly during the latter half of the 19th century. Since their sole purpose was professional instruction of elementary-school teachers, an especially strong emphasis was placed on the psychology of child development. Preparation for secondary-school teaching, which demanded a larger academic component, was still left to liberal arts colleges. Nevertheless, many normal schools expanded into four-year, degree-granting teachers colleges by the turn of the century. By the 1920s, these teacher colleges, generally supported by the public, were training substantial numbers of the nation’s public-school teachers.

Training for secondary-school teachers remained primarily a function of liberal-arts colleges until after World War II, when growing numbers of students, a strong rise in the average age of leaving school, and the growing need for technical skills in the nation’s workforce led to a demand for secondary education that traditional colleges could not provide. Since 1945, most teachers colleges have expanded their education missions and become liberal-arts colleges offering a broad general education in addition to specialized courses.

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