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Alternate Teacher Certification. Michael Podgursky Department of Economics University of Missouri – Columbia http://web.missouri.edu/~econ4mp/welcome.htm Job Corp Academic Managers Training Conference Kansas City, Kansas Nov. 20, 2002. Background. Teacher Quality and Student Achievement

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Alternate teacher certification

Alternate Teacher Certification

Michael Podgursky

Department of Economics

University of Missouri – Columbia

http://web.missouri.edu/~econ4mp/welcome.htm

Job Corp Academic Managers Training Conference

Kansas City, Kansas

Nov. 20, 2002


Background
Background

  • Teacher Quality and Student Achievement

  • Teacher “Shortages” in Certain Fields

    Math/Science/Special Education

  • Shortages in Urban and Rural Districts

  • Minority teachers

  • Male teachers


Current teacher licensing system
Current Teacher Licensing System

  • Very Complex

    Mo. 178 Certificates and Endorsements

    Over 700 Valid codes

  • Full compliance unusual


Current teacher licensing system1
Current Teacher Licensing System

  • Very Complex

    Mo. 178 Certificates and Endorsements

    Over 700 Valid codes

  • Full compliance unusual

  • Research Link to Student Achievement Gains Weak

  • Entry Barrier for New Recruits


Regulatory pressures for reform
Regulatory Pressures for Reform

  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

  • Emergency or Waivers no longer permitted in 2005-2006 AY and beyond

  • States need viable “fast track” or alternative certification system


Alternative teacher certification
Alternative Teacher Certification

  • What is it?

  • Market/vacancy oriented

  • On-the-job training

  • Programs to recruit, prepare, and license individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree

  • Candidates pass a pre-screening process: interviews and assessments of content knowledge

  • Accelerated pre-service coursework combined with continuing coursework on the job

  • Candidates work with mentor teachers

  • Performance assessment at end of program leading to regular license


New jersey
New Jersey

  • Provisional Teacher Program

  • 1985 – present

  • PTP’s account for 20-30% of new teachers hired

  • Entry requirements

    • secondary: major in subject teaching

    • elementary major in liberal arts or science

    • pass Praxis II content test

    • Certificate of Eligibility

  • 200 hours of study essential professional knowledge and skills/ after school/weekends

  • 34 weeks of full-time classroom competency development & mentoring

  • 3 evaluations during year. After final evaluation and principal’s recommendation => standard license

  • Higher Praxis II scores than traditional recruits, good retention




Research findings
Research findings 00-01

  • Texas


Texas 00-01


Texas 00-01


Texas 00-01


Research
Research 00-01

  • Student Achievement Gains ?

  • Supervisor Evaluations - Generally as high or higher than traditional route candidates


Future growth
Future Growth 00-01

  • NCLB requirements

  • States must eliminate use of emergency licensing/ waivers by 2005-2006

  • Countervailing pressures by education interest groups


Resources
Resources 00-01

  • U.S.Department of Education. Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge: The Secretary’s Annual Report on Teacher Quality. www.ed.gov./offices/OPE/News/teacherprep/index.html

  • Emily Feistritzer and David Chester. Alternative Teacher Certification: A State-by-State Analysis 2002. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Information. www.ncei.com

  • Virginia Roach and Benjamin Cohen. Moving Past the Politics: How Alternative Certification Can Promote Comprehensive Teacher Development Reforms. National Association of State Boards of Education. www.nasbe.org/Archives/alt_cert_report.pdf

  • National Center for Teacher Quality. Washington DC www.nctq.org

  • Leo Klagholz. Growing Better Teachers in the Garden State. Fordham Foundation. http://www.edexcellence.net/library/newjersey/new%20jersey.html

  • Dale Ballou and Michael Podgursky. 2001. “A Layman’s Guide to Teacher Training and Licensing.” Fordham Foundation. http://www.edexcellence.net/better/podgurs.pdf


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