Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David E. Bartz


Throughout the nation programs are being developed that provide support for teachers in their initial years in the profession. Program philosophies emphasize the importance of beginning teachers experiencing a smooth transition from the preservice experiences or student teaching to becoming an employed classroom teacher.

Eastern Illiois University’s Beginning Teacher Induction Program is designed to provide free assistance and support to any Eastern graduate employed as a first or second year teacher in the State of Illinois.

Beginning teachers may receive individual assistance and support from university faculty. Professional consultation and services are provided to the teacher and his/her supervisor in planning a program of support. Group support is also available through Beginning Teacher Seminars where teachers are given the opportunity to discuss their varied experiences and concerns with other teachers and university faculty in developing new ideas and techniques to be used in their classrooms.

The purpose of this study was to compile information needed to develop a program model where adaptation by other educational institutions and agencies could be possible.