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Abstract

Teacher Education Programs provide the knowledge, skills and experience that enable pre-service teachers to become effective educators. Multicultural Education should be a significant part of the academic foundation for preservice education programs. This article examines the rationale for the utilization of the Academic Infusion Model (A.I.M.) of Multicultural Education in Teacher Education Programs. Teachers are ultimately responsible for establishing and maintaining an educational environment where students are provided opportunities to develop to their full potential. Therefore teacher quality is the most important factor in considering the effectiveness of a school. Educational administrators are faced with the responsibility of hiring qualified professionals to provide instruction in the classroom.

Author's Biographies

Rita Mitchell is an Associate Professor in Consumer Science Education Curriculum & Instruction at Southern University. Her research interests include early childhood education and technology. Bonita Wiliams is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education at Columbus State University. Her research interests include middle grades and multicultural education. She is the Program Coordinator of Middle Grades Education at Columbus State University. Paulina Kuforiji is an Assistant Professor in Teacher Education at Columbus State University. Her research interests include effective utilization of technology in the curriculum and distance learning education. She is the Program Coordinator of M.Ed. Instructional Technology at Columbus State University. Sara

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