AACTE Survey Captures Members’ Coronavirus Experience and Response

AACTE Responds to COVID-19

To better understand and assist members as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic, AACTE invited all chief institutional representatives to complete a short online survey in early April. Nearly 200 members responded, yielding valuable insights about how the pandemic is affecting educator preparation now and the concerns that leaders anticipate as they look ahead to the 2020-21 academic year. The complete set of findings is available online; highlights include the following:


  • Virtually all programs have transitioned to fully online instruction, using synchronous and asynchronous methods.
  • Faculty have received training in online instruction, and IT support has increased.
  • Many institutions are providing devices for students as needed.

Field Placements and Licensure 

  • Most states have waived clinical requirements, but almost 40% of respondents report that their state has not adjusted its assessment policy.
  • Numerous respondents cited access to tests required for licensure as a significant challenge.
  • Nearly half of respondents indicated that field placements have been discontinued for at least some of their students.
  • Uncertainties regarding field placements for the fall was a significant concern of respondents.
  • Simulation is not yet a widespread option for students whose placements have been cancelled; one-third of respondents offer it.
  • Three out of four respondents reported having candidates whose placements have been cancelled and who are available to assist PK-12 schools.

Recruitment and Enrollment

  • 23% of respondents expect a decline in continuing student enrollment of more than 10%, and 40 percent expect such a decline among new students.
  • Budget cuts due to both enrollment decreases and state funding cuts are a significant concern among respondents.

On May 27, AACTE will host a webinar on the survey findings. This will be a great opportunity for members to consider how their experience compares with their colleagues around the country and to discuss ways that AACTE can help members adjust to their new circumstances. More details are coming soon.

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Jacqueline E. King, Ph.D.

AACTE Consultant