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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
Research
  • Student Achievement Gains ?
  • Supervisor Evaluations - Generally as high or higher than traditional route candidates
future growth
Future Growth
  • NCLB requirements
  • States must eliminate use of emergency licensing/ waivers by 2005-2006
  • Countervailing pressures by education interest groups
resources
Resources
  • 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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