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ERIC Number: ED530023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Alternative Routes to Certification for Special Educators. inForum
Muller, Eve
Project Forum
Requirements under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) for teachers to be highly qualified in specific content areas in which they are teaching has resulted in an increase in the availability of state-approved "alternative routes to certification" (ARCs). ARCs enable individuals to become certified teachers without attending conventional programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) (Feistritzer, 2005a). The last five years have marked a rapid proliferation in ARCs at the state level for all teachers, including special educators. There has also been enormous growth in the number of individual "alternative certification programs" currently offered within states, usually by local education agencies (LEAs) and/or IHEs, which meet the specifications of state-approved ARCs. The purpose of this document is to provide a brief review of research pertaining to ARCs and to provide information on ARCs currently available throughout the 50 states for special educators. Appended are: (1) Alternative Routes to Certification in Special Education: A State-by-State Analysis; and (2) Classification of Alternative Routes to Certification. (Contains 7 tables.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004; No Child Left Behind Act 2001