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normal school

noun
1.
(formerly) a school offering a two-year course and certification to high-school graduates preparing to be teachers, especially elementary-school teachers.
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Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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Normal School

noun
1.
(in France, and formerly England, the US, and Canada) a school or institution for training teachers
Word Origin
C19: from French École Normale: the first French school so named was intended as a model for similar institutions
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institution for the training of teachers. One of the first schools so named, the Ecole Normale Superieure ("Normal Superior School"), was established in Paris in 1794. Based on various German exemplars, the school was intended to serve as a model for other teacher-training schools. Later it became affiliated with the University of Paris.

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