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ERIC Number: ED553627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 183
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3030-9806-2
Perceptions of Exemplary Alternative Teacher Certification Graduates--A Case Study
Barnett, Melinda D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University, Beaumont
This qualitative case study examines the perspectives of nine exemplary graduates of one Education Service Center's Alternative Teacher Certification program (ACP) to determine factors contributing to their smooth transition into the field of education and their rapid success as a classroom teacher. Data were collected through interviews and analyzed to determine emerging themes in which graduates attributed to their effectiveness as beginning classroom teachers. Graduates attributed their smooth transition from one career into the field of teaching to the pedagogical training they received from their AC program, the requirement of earning a special education certificate while earning a regular education certificate, extensive classroom management training, and the supportive staff responding to their needs throughout the program and beyond. Findings included in this study revealed more diversity among the ACP teachers entering the classroom, a positive integration of real-world experiences and teaching by ACP teachers, and a deep appreciation and passion for teaching by the ACPs. The researcher concluded that the teachers' previous career experiences prior to becoming a teacher played an encompassing role in their lives as much as their training in the alternative teaching certification program influencing their educational practice. The researcher further concluded that alternatively certified teachers have unique needs as well as strengths, and with proper training, mentoring, and support, these teachers contribute greatly to their students' lives and the communities in which they teach. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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