I shudder at Michigan State University proposal to produce "scholar teachers" {new story, June 3}. As a former supervisor of student teachers for the University of Maryland, I recommend that a straight-A "scholar" student go into a different field. My best student teacher was a former drop-out who was immediately hired at Walt Whitman after the staff had witnessed her excellent performance as a student teacher there.

Hiring people trained in fields other than education is also not the answer to the problem of poor teaching -- nor is extending the teacher training program to five years the panacea.

To extend teacher training, as East Michigan University proposes, would be just another detriment to recruiting teachers. Quantity does not necessarily guarantee quality. The quality of the methodology courses is extremely important. Although these have always been looked at with disdain, they proved to be perhaps my most valuable courses when I taught in high school. Such courses as human development served me better than my courses in Milton and Shakespeare. I speak from 39 years of teaching experience.

Teaching is a little bit of show business and a lot of salesmanship. Mastery of subject matter is quite a bit easier than the above and can often be accomplished without formal education. Presenting subject matter in appropriate ways to fit the audience and exhibiting contagious enthusiasm for the subject are skills that must be taught and practiced in teacher training courses.

I believe that we must start at the very top. Let master teachers teach prospective teachers. When I was a beginning teacher at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, several of us asked a master English teacher to give us some sessions with her. They were extremely helpful.

We don't need a discouraging fifth year of training in our profession, nor do we need to recruit subject-matter specialists. Strengthing the methodology courses can help solve the problem. And, of course, raising teachers salaries to the level of other professionals would help us in recruiting, training and retaining master teachers. ELAINE B. TANENBAUM Bethesda