Alternative Certification. The Difference Between What You See and What You Hear. Marketing Genius. Want to Teach? When Can You Start? This billboard from a certain alternative certification program (ACP) boasts that aspiring teachers will quickly get a job and be teaching in a classroom.
The Difference Between What You See and What You Hear
The ease in which teachers can sign up for and enter the classroom coupled with the number of teachers using the alternative route is a cause for concern as some questions are left unanswered and research points to varying results in terms of alternative certified teacher effectiveness.Growth of the Alternative Route to Certification
Areas of Difficulty for First-Year Alternatively Certified Teachers in Texas
Teaching the Curriculum
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Areas of Improvement for Alternative
Certification Programs in Texas
Hands-On Experience Required
Teach Realistic Scenarios
Age Level Specific
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