ERIC Number: ED475917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Futures in Quality Education: An Alternative Career Pathway from Paraprofessional to Teacher.
Abrego, Jesus; Abrego, Michelle H.; Perez, Elva Cerda; Ramirez, Reynaldo, Jr.
The Futures in Quality Education Workforce (FQEW) program provides current teacher aides and school secretaries an alternative pathway to becoming credentialed teachers. Offered by the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College in conjunction with 12 local school districts, the program offers alternative coursework and alternative scheduling of courses. Paraprofessionals currently working in the classroom may count their current work experience as observation hours, and student teaching is waived for them, thereby accelerating program completion. Interviews with 26 primarily Mexican American paraprofessionals participating in the program and two focus groups indicate that the FQEW project must continue to ensure that an adequate number of courses are available at times convenient to students (evening and summer). Students must receive appropriate counseling so they do not feel lost or discouraged and they clearly understand the steps needed to complete the program. Support must continue in the area of the student teaching waiver and allowing field-based observation hours in the current job setting. Program staff must continue to monitor students desiring to enter the teacher education program and provide assistance and support for passing the Texas Academic Skills Program test, which is necessary to meet admission requirements. The project must continue to address the financial, academic, and social barriers encountered by paraprofessionals working toward becoming credentialed teachers. (Contains 26 references) (TD)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Bilingual Teacher Aides, College School Cooperation, Higher Education, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Nontraditional Students, Program Evaluation, School Secretaries, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas