ERIC Number: ED336360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Teacher Certification: Prospectives and Analysis.
Hawk, Parmalee P.; Schmidt, Mary W.
In 1985, North Carolina established a program known as the Lateral Entry Policy (LEP), which allows schools to hire non-certified individuals to teach in classrooms. This study was conducted in order to learn more about the individuals, the school systems, and the training process involved in LEP certification. A group of 758 teachers with a lateral entry certificate were identified and a questionnaire exploring policy questions was mailed to them. Of the 682 questionnaires that were delivered, 141 were completed and returned (21 percent). Findings from the study suggest that local school systems are making an effort to hire individuals with degrees in fields closely aligned to the subject or grade in which they are employed to teach. It was also evident that Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) were developing plans of study to meet the individual needs of LEP teachers. One component of the state LEP that appears to be neglected is a required 10-day orientation for new LEP teachers prior to entry into the classroom. Collaborative efforts between IHEs and local systems could begin to rectify this problem. Overall, educators in North Carolina appear to be implementing the policy with integrity. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper presented to the Consortium for the Advancement of Public Education at the Annual Conference of Deans and Superintendents (1st, Greensboro, NC, October 31, 1990).