ERIC Number: ED312257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Maintaining Academic Integrity in the Midst of Educational Reform: An Alternative Certification Program.
Million, Steven K.
A description is given of the Critical Needs Certification Program (CNCP), established in 1984 in South Carolina, which trains teachers in content areas experiencing critical teacher shortages. Under its provisions, college graduates with degrees in mathematics, science, library science, or foreign language begin teaching without the normally required education courses or student teaching. Accelerated teacher training is provided for individuals who have strong academic credentials. Because program participants must obtain a teaching position in an appropriate content area before they are trained, CNCP activities occur before, during and after the first year of teaching. Participants go through 2 years of supervised on-the-job training with a preservice 2-week institute. During the first 8 months of teaching, participants also attend monthly seminars where they work with teaching specialists to solve problems encountered on the job. Data is provided on several demographic characteristics of CNCP participants and some conclusions are drawn on the success of the program. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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