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Alternative Certification Programs: Meeting the Demand for Effective Teachers

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Publication Date: September 2009

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Rebecca Garcia; Jessica Huseman

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Series: BA674

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)

Keywords: teachers; teacher certification

Type: Brief


Growing public school enrollment, an increase in the number of teachers retiring or leaving the profession and legislated limits on class size have made finding competent educators a growing challenge. In recent years, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have established alternative certification programs to help meet this challenge. But have these programs been successful?