“Alternative” teacher certification isn’t much of an alternative, concludes a Fordham report. Nearly 20 percent of new teachers go through an alternative program rather than a traditional college of education. But many of the alternative programs aren’t much different from the traditional route.
Entry standards are abysmally low: Two-thirds of the programs surveyed accept half or more of their teacher applicants; one-quarter accept virtually everyone who applies.
Rather than providing streamlined and effective coursework, about a third of the programs require at least 30 hours of education school courses-the same amount needed for a master’s degree.
Most disturbing, nearly 70 percent of alternative programs studied in the report are run by education schools themselves. Education schools have kept their market monopoly by moving into the alternative certification business.
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