ERIC Number: ED407380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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An Accelerated Alternative Licensure Program To Recruit Minorities.
Hawk, Parmalee P.
By the year 2000, the minority teaching pool is projected to shrink to five percent, although the minority population will increase to one third of school-age students nationally. To help persons entering teaching via alternate routes, Project ACT (Alternative Certification for Teachers), an accelerated alternative licensure program was developed. Project ACT is a year long "earn while you learn" program. The four major program components are: a self-paced module focusing on the foundations of American education; five weeks of preservice training in essential teaching skills; one academic year teaching, with beginning teacher salary, in a public school with monthly Saturday seminars at the university; and development of a portfolio to document teaching competency. The essential skills focus on: (1) the learners' social, cognitive, and physical development; (2) lesson development and instructional techniques and strategies; (3) learning theories; (4) children with exceptionalities and strategies for inclusion; (5) classroom organization and management; and (6) assessment and evaluation. Project ACT candidates are employed as alternative route teachers in public schools and are supervised by local mentors and university faculty. Of the 43 candidates that have completed the program and entered the teaching workforce, 16 (37 percent) are minorities. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina