Responding to Teacher Shortages in Disadvantaged Schools

$4.00 [1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #02-249

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Course Description

Schools serving low-income students struggle to attract effective teachers, particularly in science and math. In response to this, states have tried to establish alternative routes to certification in order to lower the barriers to becoming a teacher. This brief continuing education course was developed to give an overview of two large, multistate random assignment studies sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that addressed the effectiveness of teachers coming from alternative routes to certification. Study results are presented along with a summary of nontraditional methods for certification.

Course Objectives

1. Identify key lessons learned from studies examining the effectiveness of teachers coming from alternative certification routes.

2. Differentiate between traditional and alternative routes to teacher certification.

3. Discuss the ways in which student achievement is impacted in programs with alternative route teachers.

4.  Evaluate how coursework taken by teachers during the initial certification process and once they have started teaching is related to effectiveness.

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