Online classes and even fully online programs are becoming efficient means of providing teacher preparation opportunities to students, especially to those who have limited access to on-campus classes. But teacher education programs and school districts need to be confident that teachers are of high quality and ready to teach. The results of the longitudinal study reported in this paper indicate that cohort members completing an online elementary education program demonstrated the same level of competency as those in a traditional face-to-face program. These findings may give teacher education faculty and policymakers some confidence in implementing quality online programs.
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching