The Geographic Information System (GIS) United States mapping project of award winning teacher education programs 2004-2014 was initiated to visually represent on maps the awarded programs. The awarded programs were selected by the following US teacher education organizations: Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS).
The main purposes were to create US maps in order that each organization's data and compiled data could be more accessible for conducting educational research, collaborative work between or among teacher education programs, and to inform administrators, faculty, and national and state policy makers of teacher education programs recognized by the profession . In addition, these maps should serve as a place to start the conversati ons about US award winning teacher education programs. It was not a goal of the GIS mapping project to evaluate the award criteria and selection process of the national professional organizations. However, this could be an excellent next step in the process of studying the awards for teacher education programs by these organizations.
1. A web research was conducted to identify United States national teacher preparation professional organizations which met the following criteria: a). developed and implemented an award for teacher education programs (2004-2014); b).stated award criteria and selection process; c).current contact information was available; d).provided a list of the teacher education program awardees of (2004-2014). ATE, AACTE, AASCU, and NAPDS met all four criteria.
2. The list of the teacher education program awardees of 2004-2014 provided on the webpages of each professional organizations were converted into an Excel Spreadsheet. The Excel Spreadsheet data were mapped by location of the awarded teacher education programs by using the Esri GIS program (2014). The URL of each awarded teacher education program webpage was included. The URL of each professional organization's webpage that included the current award criteria or contacts were listed on the maps menu.
3. Future plans are to continue adding to the US maps the awarded teacher education programs of these professional organizations each year.
A preliminary review of the data represented on the US maps reveals: a). a majority of the awarded programs were Professional Development Schools (PDS) programs; b). four teacher programs were awarded by two of the professional organizations; c). one-third of the awarded programs were NCATE/CAEP approved.