ERIC Number: ED369603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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Alternative Certification in Special Education: A Qualitative Study of Two Models.
Ludlow, Barbara L.; Wienke, Wilfred D.
Alternative certification programs allow individuals with college degrees in other fields to enter teaching without enrolling in traditional campus-based teacher education programs. These programs are designed to reduce the time and expense of obtaining teaching credentials through a streamlined curriculum coupled with intensive on-the-job supervision. This report focuses on alternative certification programs operated by the Houston Independent School District (Texas) and by San Jose State University (California). Both programs were evaluated through on-site visits; review of program documents and operations; and interviews with key personnel, prior and current trainees, trainee mentors, and employers. Programs were similar in that they relied on collaborative agreements for program implementation, employed similar systems of trainee supervision, and used a state-mandated exit exam for program completion. Program distinctions included differing sponsoring agencies, nature of recruitment and eligibility process, trainee orientation process, delivery of instruction, and program philosophies. Participants in both programs agreed that alternative certification programs are a viable option for the preparation of special education personnel, addressing teacher shortages and attracting qualified individuals. Project staff in both programs asserted the superiority of the programs over typical inservice training for special educators working on emergency or provisional teacher permits. (Contains 40 references.) (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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