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ERIC Number: ED404334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs: Strategies for Enhancement, Improvement, and Peaceful Co-existence with Traditional Teacher Certification Programs.
Duhon-Haynes, Gwendolyn; And Others
This paper examines alternative certification programs in terms of entrance requirements, supervision and mentoring, and post-certification professional support. A good alternative program uses rigorous screening processes to ensure the selection of qualified teacher interns; provides high-quality preservice training in methodology, classroom management, and human development; has a structured, well-supervised induction period that includes guidance by a mentor teacher; requires ongoing professional development; and follows up with post-internship training to ensure continued effective teaching. Two alternative programs are described: the Texas Alternative Certification Program, the largest school-based teacher education effort, and Teach for America, a non-university private group that has developed its own concept of teacher education. The two programs appear to have the same basic components: similar entrance requirements, pre-assignment training, some university coursework, and collaborative support and mentoring from participating entities. However, the first program is teacher-centered, with the emphasis on methodology, theory, and pedagogy, while the second is more learner-centered and problem-driven. The study concludes that alternative certification programs may be enhanced through collaboration among alternative programs, university faculty and programs, school districts, and other related parties. (Contains 15 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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