The Baltimore City Teaching Residency, an initiative of the Baltimore City Public School System, is an alternative certification program seeking outstanding young and mid-career professionals committed to teaching Baltimore City's children. These professionals, from a variety of careers, bring their experiences, knowledge, and records of achievement to the lives of their students. One hundred outstanding new teachers will be selected to receive a pre- and post- placement induction, support activities including mentoring, and graduate-level certification coursework resulting in a Standard Professional Teaching Certificate. Placement activities ensure teachers are placed in high-need schools and in fields in which they are highly qualified to teach.
Maryland's Alternative Routes to Certification Options (MARCO) has targeted career changers with bachelor's degrees (or higher education), transitioning military personnel and their spouses, and other liberal arts graduates to teach in Prince George's County. Two hundred new teachers will be recruited, trained, hired, and certified in critical shortage areas by 2007. Ongoing content-based professional development and mentoring ensure teacher retention. The program features content alignment from training through the year-long mentored residency. Evaluation data include demographic data and performance outcome data, including employer satisfaction.