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ERIC Number: ED436501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Alternative Certification: It's Alive, It's Alive...But It May Not Be Well.
Whiting, Melissa; Klotz, Jack
By the year 2008, 2.2 million teachers will be needed to fill open teaching positions created by increasing student populations and the rapid rise of retiring teachers. The urgent need for qualified teachers looks to be overtaking the number of available qualified teachers. Despite the efforts of teacher training programs in nationally accredited universities, the gap between qualified practicing teachers and student populations continues to intensify. Many state legislatures are closely examining teacher training and licensing practices in order to upgrade performance expectations. In response, there has been a concerted effort to further provide for this projected need for qualified teachers by implementing alternative teacher certification programs for people who have expertise in related content area. This paper argues that this line of thinking is wrong, suggesting that alternative certification will result in people who are trained in content area but who have no pedagogical experience. It recommends a program design that gives potential teachers the pedagogical skills to survive the rigors of today's classroom. The paper describes Mississippi's currently endorsed model for alternative certification, offering it as an example of why caution and reflection remain a professional necessity. It suggests that Mississippi's model must offer potential teachers experience via at least one semester of structured, supervised practice teaching. The paper lists six issues that a good alternative program must address. (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi