Date of Award:


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Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Committee Chair(s)

E. A. Jacobsen


E. A. Jacobsen


David R. Stone


R. Welling Roskelley


LeGrande G. Noble


LeGrande R. Humpherys


Our American culture and civilization depends in large measure upon the recruiting of the right kind of men and women to be teachers in our American schools and colleges. All professions depend on effective teaching for their life blood. Many educators and colleges during the past few years have become concerned with pre-service selection methods for improving the teaching personnel. This concern has become somewhat intensified at the present time, largely as a result of four factors. One factor is the large number of returning servicemen, who are turning to teaching as a career. A second factor is improved salaries and tenure laws. A third factor, suggested by Dr. Ray C. Maul is that many people are turning to teaching only because schools continue to operate though good times and bad. A fourth factor common to many prospective teachers is that the idealism connected with teaching attracts them into the profession. The objective of this study is to obtain evidence from a reveiw of literature, opinions of educators and the preservice selection practices used in other colleges to establish criteria that are considered to be the most desirable factors and techniques used in the pre-service selection of teachers as found by an investigation of the literature. The criteria will be used as a basis for making an analysis of the available records of the students and practices used in the guidance program in the School of Education at Utah State Agricultural College. In this manner the limitations or success of the guidance program as indicated will be somewhat more meaningful.