Paths to teaching

Education colleges have plenty of competition, the Washington Times reports.

Nearly a third of newly certified schoolteachers who taught for the first time this year did not graduate from education colleges but were licensed through alternate routes that are gaining momentum in many states, according to a report issued yesterday by the National Center for Education Information.

Some 35,000 new teachers followed an alternative path; “about 80,000 first-year teachers were graduates of 600 accredited teacher colleges, but just 40 percent of all graduates were teaching a year later, according to the report.” All but three states now allow alternative paths to certification.

Via Gadfly.

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