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Credentials - August 14th 2009, 11:30 PM

Our A.P. Psychology teacher left, and our government teacher has taken over. I don't like her, she's a bad teacher. But she never gave ANY indication of knowing anything about psychology.

This may sound like a stupid question, but am I allowed to e-mail the school and ask for proof of her credentials to teach the class?

Oh, thought I should mention, if you don't know what A.P. is it's basically a college level (or so called) class that you get college credit for at various colleges. You're supposed to go through a bunch of stuff to be allowed to teach it as I've been told.

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Re: Credentials - August 15th 2009, 12:06 AM

Not a stupid question. Because frankly, I think you could email your school, but I don't think it would be appropriate and it doesn't necessarily mean they'll give you an answer. The way I see it, it seems like your government teacher has just been placed in psych because the school couldn't find anyone more fit to teach the class. If you're really concerned, I suggest going to the school administrators personally rather than an email.

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Re: Credentials - August 15th 2009, 12:19 AM

For A.P. courses, the teacher not only needs the basic teaching degree and a degree in whatever the subject is, they also need further work in order to be allowed to teach A.P. courses.

I do think it's a good question to ask, you could ask your school admins or you could try to ask her and see where that goes. However, don't be surprised if a teacher teaches a course where she has no real understanding of. We had high-school accounting taught by a teacher who also taught economics. All she had was a degree in psychology (she taught APS also).

If she has no credentials for teaching any A.P. course then either the school or her can get in deep shit over it.
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Re: Credentials - August 15th 2009, 03:44 AM

Yeah you have to be qualified to teach AP
I don't see any problem asking, but I don't know if it would fix your problem, but who knows maybe your school and school district aren't as crappy as mine.

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Re: Credentials - August 17th 2009, 02:18 AM


I think you should ask if it really bothers you. Maybe you could explain in the email your reason for wanting the credentials(try to sound nice ). Explain that she has never shown any indication of knowing anything about psychology or something like that.

However, just because a teacher doesn't give any indication about knowing a subject doesn't mean that they don't know the subject. I had a teacher that taught a bunch of different subjects all throughout her career(Psychology, AP Psychology, English, AP English etc). Some teachers do all the schooling required to teacher different subjects.

Also, since this is her first time teaching Psychology she might just be 'experimenting'. From experience new AP teachers kind of suck because they are learning the in's and out of it and what not. It really sucks for you that she is new because this class might not be as enjoyable as it could be.

Hope this helped and best of luck.


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Re: Credentials - August 17th 2009, 02:34 AM

AP Psych is easyy to self study [so I hear]
AP Psych Cliffs [or five steps] -> memorize -> 5 =D

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Re: Credentials - August 17th 2009, 06:03 AM

Olivia is right; you can self study for AP psychology. If the teacher gives you study guides it will be even easier too. Basically read the text book and get the cliff notes. You should be okay. Ugh I meant to put that in my first post but I forgot.


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