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ERIC Number: ED381487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-10
Reference Count: N/A
Sustaining the Supply of Math and Science Teachers: Assessing the Long-Term Effects of Nontraditional and Mid-Career Teacher Preparation Programs.
Ludwig, Meredith; And Others
This research project examined characteristics of nontraditional or midcareer teacher education programs that offered a fast track to certification, served students entering teaching from another career/occupation, and were based in a university or cooperatively managed by industry and education. The report begins with a description of the alternative certification movement, an analysis of the dissatisfaction with the preparation of teachers, the evolving definition of alternative certification, and variations and consensus points in alternative route programs. The second section describes five projects visited: the California Mathematics and Science Teacher Corps Project of California State University; the Mid-Career Math and Science Teacher Preparation Program of Mills College (California); George Washington University's Crystal City Secondary Teacher Education Program in Arlington, Virginia; Project Promise of Colorado State University; and Engineers Into Education of Digital Equipment Corporation. The report reveals that the number of individuals in nontraditional university-based programs is small, that the isolation of teaching professionals from their business/industry counterparts remains unchanged regardless of the alternative movement, and that there is much less concern about brining the worlds of practitioner and teacher together. Appendixes contain a copy of the survey form and a classification system of alternative routes to teacher certification. (Contains 21 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Career Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Teachers, Midlife Transitions, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Science Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.