Date of Award

5-1-2008

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Trevor Turner

Second Advisor

Dr. Moses Norman

Third Advisor

Dr. Sheila Gregory

Abstract

The study examines the relationship between preschool teacher qualifications, preschool teacher accountability, and it impact on kindergarten readiness in Atlanta, Georgia. The independent variables are preschool teacher work setting, teacher qualifications, teacher professional development, and teacher accountability. The dependent variable is the degree to which the indicator of kindergarten readiness as measured by the Rrisance Screening Instrument. A quantitative survey was distributed to one hundred teachers of four-year-old students in Atlanta, Georgia. Sixty-two teachers of four-year-old students responded via U.S. mail. The results of the study indicate there is a statistically significant relationship between teacher's professional developn~enta nd teacher's accountability to the site administrators. There is also a significant relationship between teachers' professional development and teachers' accountability to central office!state department. Also, there is a significant relationship between teachers' professional development and teachers' accountability to parents. Based upon the results of this study, it is recommended that preschool teachers be afforded the opportunities for professional development. Administrators should expect documents and inspect teaching practices to ensure students are ready for kindergarten.