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Henning-Smith, Jeff – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2018
The purpose of this article was to examine the use of a gradual release of responsibility (GRR) model (Pearson & Gallagher, 1983) embedded in a coteaching framework (Heck & Bacharach, 2016) during the student-teaching portion of an alternative teaching licensure program. The goal was to improve an already existing student-teacher field…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Program Improvement, Best Practices, Student Teaching
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Sayman, Donna; Chiu, Calli Lewis; Lusk, Mandy – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2018
This qualitative research study used the Critical Incident Technique to determine specific areas in which novice alternatively certified special education teachers need support. Analyzing these critical incidents provides information for teacher preparation programs to bolster areas that can lead to stress, burnout, and attrition among special…
Descriptors: Critical Incidents Method, Alternative Teacher Certification, Special Education Teachers, Special Education
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Bialka, Christa S.; Andrus, Shannon – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2017
The development of one's teaching identity is a dynamic and multi-layered process, which becomes more immediate when one enters the profession through an alternative route, such as Teach For America (TFA). This grounded theory study examines how participation in three interrelated institutions--the urban school, the university, and TFA--directly…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Professional Identity, Urban Teaching, Longitudinal Studies
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Evans, Brian R.; Ardito, Gerald; Kim, Soonhyang – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2017
New teachers who entered the profession through alternative pathways often teach in high-need urban environments, which means there may be a significant number of English Language Learner (ELL) students in their classrooms. In order to best support these students, techniques can be employed to best facilitate learning for students who do not have…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Literacy
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Mallory, Barbara J.; Zwadyk, Barbara; Johnson, Tina; Davis, James V. – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2017
In an attempt to improve training and development of principals, the General Assembly in North Carolina established a competitive grant program to transform the way principals are certified. This qualitative study aimed to inform principal preparation practices by examining the initial, critical steps of recruitment, screening, and selection of…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Nontraditional Education, Qualitative Research, Student Recruitment
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Boggan, Matthew K.; Jayroe, Teresa; Alexander, Ben – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2016
In order to assist in alleviating the teaching shortage in poor, rural school districts, also known as Local Education Agencies (LEA's), faculty in the College of Education at Mississippi State University sought funding that would provide financial support for a new alternate route teaching program. This program, known as Learning and Educating…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Teacher Shortage, Rural Schools, School Districts
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Pankowski, Jennifer; Walker, Joan T. – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2016
Drawing from research on situated cognition and the development of expertise and simulations in professional education, we designed two simulation tasks that provided novice teachers with repeated opportunities to deliberately practice managing a classroom under no-fault conditions. The simulations immersed novices in two perennial classroom…
Descriptors: Simulated Environment, Simulation, Beginning Teachers, Novices
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Haj-Broussard, Michelle; Hall, Tom; Allen, Sheila; Stephens, Cyndy; Person, Vickie; Johnson, Tina – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2016
The teacher turnover issue impacts education on national, state, and local levels. On a national level, at the beginning of the 21st century 50% of teachers left the profession within the first five years, creating the need for districts to fill vacancies (Gonzalez, Brown, & Slate, 2008; Greiner & Smith, 2006; Heller, 2004; Ingersoll,…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Education Programs
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Evans, Brian R. – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2015
New teachers who are prepared to teach through alternative certification pathways may find the transition to a new career stressful and tumultuous. There are techniques that can be used to help make the transition easier on new teachers as they begin their new careers. This article explores several strategies for new teachers, which include…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Beginning Teachers, Motivation, Self Efficacy
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Dailey, Debbie; Bunn, Gary; Cotabish, Alicia – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2015
This study examined a program that gives undergraduate candidates options for teacher certification. Candidates in STEM majors were recruited in order to provide them with a compact, flexible, and innovative option for adding teacher licensure to their bachelor degrees. This program used early field experiences that allow candidates to practice…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Alternative Teacher Certification, STEM Education, Majors (Students)
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Cobia, Debra C.; Stephens, Cynthia E.; Sherer, Gail – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2015
Through Focus on Change in Understanding Staff and Staffing Systems in Georgia Public Schools (FOCUS), over 500 teachers of record were recruited, selected, and placed in Georgia's high-need schools. Teachers in the first three cohorts were retained at very high levels as well as achieving full certification. Project outcomes also included the…
Descriptors: Teacher Selection, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Placement, Alternative Teacher Certification
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Ross, Scott Warren; Lignugaris-Kraft, Ben – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2015
This case study examined the implementation of a novel nontraditional teacher preparation program, "Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Preservice Residency Project" (MTSS-PR). The two-year program placed general and special education composite undergraduate majors full time in high-need schools implementing evidence-based systems of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Alternative Teacher Certification, Nontraditional Education, Case Studies
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Evans, Brian R.; Wills, Fran; Moretti, Megan – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2015
In this age of teacher accountability, school districts are increasingly interested in using the best possible methods in evaluating their teachers. This interest impacts new alternative certification teachers, as well as traditional teachers. An increasingly popular assessment is the Danielson Framework, which is a set of 22 components of…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Effectiveness, Alternative Teacher Certification
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Robertson, Heather – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2014
One-hundred thirty-six former-military members with average age of 51 transitioning to a second-career in teaching were surveyed regarding life satisfaction and were found to be satisfied with their lives. The research compliments earlier studies of second-career teachers as effective teachers, yet provides additional insight on former-military…
Descriptors: Career Change, Veterans, Life Satisfaction, Beginning Teachers
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Evans, Brian R. – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2014
Mathematics and science education has increasingly become more important for students in our globally competitive society. New alternative certification teachers, particularly in mathematics and science, need to support student learning in these areas in order for the United States to stay globally competitive. This article presents some ideas…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers
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