ERIC Number: ED472822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Moving Past the Politics: How Alternative Certification Can Promote Comprehensive Teacher Development Reforms.
Roach, Virginia; Cohen, Benjamin A.
The debate over how to prepare a new generation of teachers has reached a fever pitch in education and policy communities. This policy brief takes the viewpoint that quality alternative certification programs (ACPs) offer ways to develop a broader pool of prospective teachers while helping states address concerns about teacher development, professionalism, and retention. These programs are considered as alternative methods to enhance traditional teacher certification because they address many of the elements of a comprehensive teacher development cycle, such as teacher standards, the teaching pipeline, teacher education, beginning teacher licensure, teacher induction programs, full teacher licensure, and ongoing professional development. State boards of education must ensure that standards for alternative programs are the same as those for traditional licensure, establish guidelines for approving ACPs that require key components of a quality program, ensure that ACPs are adequately funded, take the lead in defusing the political rhetoric around ACPs to focus on their utility, direct state departments of education to track the characteristics of ACP graduates and their willingness to stay in the profession beyond 5 years, and use elements of quality ACPs as a template for a comprehensive system of teacher development. An appendix contains ACP contact information. (Contains 45 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, State Action, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage
National Association of State Boards of Education, 277 South Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($10 plus $4.50 shipping and handling). Tel: 703-684-4000; Tel: 800-220-5183 (Toll Free); Fax 703-836-2313; Web site: http://www.nasbe.org. For full text: http://www.nasbe.org/Archives/alt_cert_report.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Issue Brief.