ERIC Number: ED484845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Reference Count: 16
A Growing Trend To Address the Teacher Shortage. Alternative Certification. Policy Brief
Mikulecky, Marga; Shkodriani, Gina; Wilner, Abby
Education Commission of the States
"Alternative certification" is a general term for nontraditional avenues that lead to teacher licensure. Alternative teacher certification programs (ACPs) are generally geared toward aspiring teachers who already have a baccalaureate degree but who require additional education methods coursework and classroom experience. Such programs vary in requirements and sophistication and can be administered at the federal, state or district levels. This document examines the history of Alternative Certification and program requirements. There is a section on the quality of Alternative Certification programs and the lack of research.
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Alternative Teacher Certification, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, Community Colleges, Accountability, Educational Quality
Education Commission of the States, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3600; Fax: 303-296-8332; Web site: http://www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.