Specifically, the state has opted to expand alternative routes to teacher certification
to help ameliorate current shortages and as a strategy to diversify the educator workforce.
Alternative routes to teacher certification
: A dangerous trend.
The 411: Alternative routes to teacher certification
are especially relevant for CTE.
Likewise, the proliferation of alternative routes to teacher certification
challenges the "monopoly" of the universities.
A recent American Institutes for Research (AIR) interim evaluation report to Congress found that TTT grantees were addressing the key No Child Left Behind (NCLB) policy issues attributed to the grant program: increasing the pool of highly qualified teachers by recruiting non-traditional candidates; raising standards and program rigor and encouraging the creation and expansion of alternative routes to teacher certification
, while lowering time and cost barriers related to teacher preparation; and improving the retention rate of teachers through strong mentoring programs and induction.
Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
is designed to help states create alternative programs to prepare individuals who are already well versed in the content they want to teach to obtain a state teaching license.
Department of Education features successful and promising practices in education in the new No Child Left Behind booklet, Innovations in Education: Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
David Ruenzel's article ("Tortuous D Routes," Feature, Spring 2002) accurately describes a major deficiency of most alternative routes to teacher certification
: Because they reflect traditional assumptions about teaching, they are no more effective than the unworkable systems they are intended to help fix.
In her presentation at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in May 2009, Emily Feistritzer with the National Center for Education Information (NCEI) and the National Center for Alternative Certification noted that one-third of the approximately 150,000 new teachers hired in 2006 came through what the states identify as alternative routes to teacher certification
. In 2007-2008, 62,000 individuals were issued certificates to teach through alternative routes, which is nearly double the number just five years ago.
State policy trends for alternative routes to teacher certification
: A moving target.
No less important was the emergence of alternative routes to teacher certification
, such as the Troops to Teachers program for retired military personnel.
An Education Week article "Alternative Teacher Certification" published earlier this year contends that alternative routes to teacher certification
do nothing more than put teachers into the classroom before they are adequately prepared; this can negatively impact student learning.