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ERIC Number: ED440087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Alternative Teacher Certification.
Newman, Carol; Thomas, Kay
This paper examines issues related to alternative teacher certification, discussing teacher certification in Texas and noting that most researchers agree that both traditional and alternative routes to teacher preparation need improvement. For over a decade, alternative certification has become increasingly available in Texas. This paper highlights: the demand for alternative teacher certification; the early stages of alternative certification programs; who should train prospective teachers; the debate surrounding alternative teacher certification and academic standards; identifying an alternative certification process; comparisons between traditional and alternative programs in Texas, California, New Jersey, and other areas; who is attracted to alternative certification programs; alternative certification for bilingual and special education teachers; and evaluations of alternative teacher certification programs. Alternative certification programs are attracting highly qualified, well-educated, life-experienced adults to the teaching profession. However, critics argue that teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention is much more complex than originally thought by policymakers and alternative certification has not proven to be the panacea nor the disaster some predicted. Most researchers agree that one major difficulty in drawing a conclusive policy statement about alternative certification programs is the great variation in state and local programs. (Contains 67 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas