November 30, 2004 Extra Credit
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FREE Guide Provides Advice On Creating Alternative Routes To Teacher Certification

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement is pleased to offer a new guide, Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification, which shares practical advice and concrete examples from six alternative route programs. Each program highlighted has an established track record of three or more years and uses promising practices to train teachers, such as tailored, field-based programming and strong mentor support.

The guide highlights the following programs: Educator Certification Program of Region XIII in Austin, Texas; Alternative Certification Program of Hillsborough County, Fla.; Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program, Northwest and Metro Educational Service Agencies, Ga.; New York City Teaching Fellows, N.Y.; Northeastern California Partnership for Special Education of Chico, Calif.; and Wichita Area Transition to Teaching of Wichita, Kan.

In addition to providing rich descriptions of these six alternative route programs, Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification organizes lessons learned from the programs into four action areas emphasizing the elements needed to create a promising alternative route program. The four key actions discussed are:

  • Recruit Widely, Select Carefully;
  • Design a Coherent, Flexible Program;
  • Provide Extensive Support; and
  • Engage in Continuous Improvement.

Order your FREE copy of Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification today by:

  • Calling the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.

Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification is also available online.


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