ERIC Number: ED399258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Teacher Program. Report to the General Assembly, 1995-96.
Robbins, Olivia; Campbell, Eugene
The Colorado Alternative Teacher Program was created to enable individuals with bachelor's degrees to enter approved alternative teacher certification programs developed by school districts, boards of cooperative services, independent schools, and institutions of higher learning. When an approved candidate is selected, the Colorado Department of Education issues a one-year alternative license which enables the individual to be employed as a teacher, under supervision. At the end of the year, which includes completion of 225 hours of professional preparation, the alternative teacher is issued a 3-year Provisional Teacher License. During the 1995-96 school year, 48 teachers selected from 327 applicants were employed in 14 alternative teacher licensing programs. After 3 months of employment, 29 alternative teachers were rated above average and 19 average. Approved programs included 132 school districts, 2 charter schools, 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) school, and 12 accreditated non-public schools. In 1995, 65 alternative teachers successfully completed alternative programs. Sixteen minority alternative teachers were employed for the 1995-96 school year; two agencies use letters and brochures to recruit minority teachers. It is estimated that alternative teacher education programs cost slightly more than half the cost of regular state teacher preparation. Five comments dealing with difficulties in program implementation are listed. (MAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado