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ERIC Number: EJ788764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
The Western States Certification Consortium: Helping Schools, Helping Prospective Teachers
MacDonald, Robert H.; Manning M. Lee; Spires, Michele
Childhood Education, v84 n3 p154 Spr 2008
The Western States Certification Consortium (WSCC) is a collaborative effort of 11 states in the western region of the United States that provides information on alternative teacher training programs and specific geographical areas with teaching opportunities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education as a Troops to Teachers demonstration project to establish interstate licensure within the consortium, the WSCC recruits, trains, and places highly qualified teachers with specific subject matter expertise in the schools of the member states. Both prospective teachers and school districts benefit from WSCC: prospective teachers find alternative certification programs in geographical areas where they want to live and teach, and school districts find highly qualified people for teaching positions in high-need subject areas and high-need geographical areas. In this article, the authors explain the services provided by the consortium and offer suggestions for other teacher training institutions and states that want to replicate an effort that serves both schools and prospective teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States