Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



Capstone Instructor

Tami Skinner

Second Reader

Laurie Ollhoff


school age care, retention, professional development


In the field of School Age Care (SAC) there exists a staffing crisis. Reasons include lack of qualified candidates, low wages, varying benefits, the part-time nature of the work, and teacher turnover; all which impact program quality, and the quality of care and relationships developed with children and their families. Retaining quality SAC teachers in the field requires that we examine the education, training/professional development, credentialing, adult learning, and assessment practices of other professions such as Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Using SAC theory such as the functional tasks and teacher development theory, a teacher assessment and development tool was created.


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