ERIC Number: ED381318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
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Rural Settings: One Approach to Meeting Teacher Staffing Needs via Alternative Certification.
Sullivan, Michael E.
This report describes an alternative teacher certification program developed to address special education teacher shortages in rural West Virginia. For the past 9 years, one of every three educators in West Virginia assigned to special education has worked on some type of sub-standard license. The alternative certification program allows West Virginia students at the postbachelor's and master's degree level to become certified teachers in areas of mental retardation, learning disabilities, or behavior disorders. In addition to prerequisite courses, admission requirements for students from noneducational backgrounds include passing the Pre-Professional Skills Test and the Multi-Subjects Content Specialization Test, (K-8). Other admission criteria involve Graduate Record Examination scores, letters of recommendation, quality of content and written expression in a personal statement, undergraduate grade point average, and performance on graduate courses completed. Students follow a planned program of study and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students are also required to plan and implement an original research study in their area of specialization and pass a written comprehensive examination and a content specialization test. Of the 104 students from non-traditional backgrounds who have sought special education licensure since 1987, 65 have successfully completed certification requirements. This report includes a list of degree requirements and results of student competency testing. (LP)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Alternative Teacher Certification, Degree Requirements, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Masters Programs, Misassignment of Teachers, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, Rural Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Competency Testing, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: West Virginia
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.