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The Impact of Alternative Certification in the Midwest Policy Issues No. 12 (November 2002)

This edition of Policy Issues focuses on alternative teacher certification in the NCREL region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin). A brief literature review is presented, and the results of an analysis of the latest Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) are discussed. Information on alternative certification programs in the seven states is reviewed, including the results of a survey of more than 1,000 principals in the region regarding their experiences with alternatively certified teachers.

Alternative Certification: A Review of Theory and Research (2002)

Alternative teacher certification is one approach to expanding the pool of applicants for teaching positions. This literature synthesis explores the theory and research supporting alternative certification.

Alternative Certification Evaluation Template (2002)

The Alternative Certification Evaluation Template allows teacher certification programs to perform self-evaluations in order to determine the extent to which they address key issues. It lists components of effective alternative certification programs and includes a scoring rubric allowing these programs to measure their progress. New or developing programs may wish to use the template as they shape their approaches to alternative certification. Extant programs could benefit from the self-evaluation by identifying issues that they have not sufficiently addressed.



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