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ERIC Number: ED486428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Alternative Certification: A Growing Trend to Address the Teacher Shortage. ECS Policy Brief
Mickulecky, Marga; Shkodriani, Gina; Wilner, Abby
Education Commission of the States
"Alternative certification" is a general term for non-traditional avenues that lead to teacher licensure. Alternative teacher certification programs (ACPs) are generally geared towards 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. ACPs appeal to prospective teachers and to state education officials dealing with teacher shortages because they typically can be completed in a shorter time frame and may be more affordable than traditional education degree programs. A key component of most alternative certification programs is their flexible or compressed scheduling, with many courses offered in the evenings and on weekends, making them more accessible to participants who are currently working. This policy brief gives detailed information on alternative certification.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A