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Minority teachers -- Recruiting -- Middle West; Minority college students -- Services for -- Middle West;


There are very few minority teachers in pk-12 schools today even though research indicates that minority teachers are beneficial in classrooms. Teacher education programs are working to bring more teachers of color into the field, but few minority recruitment and retention programs have been evaluated. Most of these evaluations have been qualitative studies of the students in the programs, examining current and recommended practices to recruit and retain minority students into teacher education programs. This research was a qualitative study interviewing graduates of a minority teacher recruitment and retention program. It sought to answer the question: how does the recruitment and retention program at a moderately sized Midwestern university support minority students who choose to enter education? Interviews indicated several factors promoted participants success including: networking opportunities within the recruitment and retention program, assistance with the development of one's cultural identity, and financial and emotional support. Existing research was strengthened by the findings of this study. The research further supports the importance of providing individuals of color supportive environments that incorporate factors that promote their success.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Kimberly Knesting-Lund

Second Advisor

Radhi H. Al-Mabuk

Third Advisor

Timothy Gilson


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