ERIC Number: EJ887294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 53
Alternative Teaching Certification in Special Education: Rationale, Concerns, and Recommendations
Quigney, Theresa A.
Issues in Teacher Education, v19 n1 p41-58 Spr 2010
Perhaps one of the most controversial topics in the field of teacher education today is what constitutes an effective preservice program for preparing individuals to instruct students in the twenty-first century. A discussion of the merits of the approaches to teacher certification has also been compounded by issues relating to legal mandates such as the "highly qualified teacher" provision of the "No Child Left Behind Act" and job market realities, including teacher shortages in key instructional areas, one of which is special education, the focus of this article. Some of the advantages of alternative certification (AC) approaches include the ability to attract a more diverse field of educators. This discussion provides a framework upon which to build a better understanding of the evolution and function of AC in special education. It will focus on the rationale for the existence of AC in special education as well as various concerns about some components or lack thereof in some AC programs. The author also presents some recommendations for inclusion in a functional model of AC for special educators.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teacher Shortage, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Alternative Teacher Certification, Special Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001