Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


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The Journal of Negro Education , 80 (3), 368-383


Copyright 2011 The Journal of Negro Education.


The need for African American male teachers is clear ; however their pathway to teaching disrepair. This article shares research findings and a description of a pre-collegiate course designed to encourage high school students of color , including African American males explore teaching. More specifically, drawing from survey and interview data, the researchers examine factors that influence 11th and 12th grade African American males' (N consideration of a teaching career and explore the impact of a pre-collegiate pathway to teaching program. The results of this mixed methods study expose the complexity of effective recruitment while also demonstrating how a successful program has the capacity to encourage young African American males to reframe their thinking and see themselves as potential future teachers.