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ERIC Number: ED467756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-14
Pages: 26
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Evaluation of the NYCTF Program as an Alternative Certification Program.
Stein, Judith
The New York City Teaching Fellows (NYCTF) program was established in August 2000 as an alternative certification program to try to fill the void for certified teachers in SURR (Schools Under Registration Review) schools, since a disproportionate number of teachers at SURR schools are not certified. To evaluate the success of the program, a questionnaire was sent to 46 fellows at Lehman College to explore their motivations for pursuing teaching, determine their greatest difficulties and successes as teachers, and examine how they received their major support and how useful they found their evening education classes. Additionally, they were asked how, if given the opportunity, they would improve their jobs and where they envisioned themselves in 10 years. Respondents were also asked to give their three major reasons for remaining teachers and whether they intended to continue teaching at a SURR school. In summary, the responses and their analysis indicate that the NYCTF program is an unqualified success at producing certified teachers; however, it is unlikely that it will reduce the problem of teacher turnover and lack of certified teachers at SURR schools, since 90 percent of the respondents are already considering teaching in non-SURR and suburban schools or leaving the field altogether upon completion of permanent teacher certification. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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