STEM ACT Conference

Friday - Sunday, May 5th-7th, 2006




Here are a few websites and online publications on the subject of alternative teacher certification. Suggestions of more resources are welcome.


Websites: The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence introduces Passport to Teaching certification designed for prospective teachers and Master Teacher certification for experienced teachers. Teach for America recruits graduating college seniors and recent college graduates and prepares them to teach in public schools in urban and rural areas across the country. The NYC Teaching Fellows program recruits recent graduates and career changers to staff high-need areas in New York City’s public schools. Troops-to-Teachers assists military personnel interested in teaching to become public school teachers especially in high-need areas. The Transition to Teaching program provides five-year grants to support the recruitment and retention of paraprofessionals and recent college graduates to teach in high-need schools and districts.


All these program websites are available at, which also provides reports on profiles of alternate route teachers.


If searching for alternate routes to teaching by state, visit


Online publications:


Eight Questions on Teacher Preparation: What Does the Research Say? By Michael Allen at reviews research evidence on the effectiveness of teacher preparation and discusses implications for educational policy.


Based on the 1999–2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and the related 2000–01 Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), Findings from the Condition of Education 2005: Mobility in the Teacher Workforce by Stephen Provasnik, Scott Dorfman, Education Statistics Services Institute at describes the dynamic change in the teacher workforce and provides a foundation for policymakers and teacher educators to discuss policies and practices addressing such issues as teacher shortages, teacher attrition, and teacher quality.


Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification by U.S. Department of Education at provides profiles of six alternative teacher certification programs in different states and examines how they recruit strong candidates and ensure their preparedness to be teachers.


Turnover among Mathematics and Science Teachers in the U.S. by Richard M. Ingersoll at summarizes the rates of and reasons for teacher turnover, especially among math/science teachers. He argues that teacher shortage problems cannot be solved without the problem of teacher attrition being addressed.


Based on case studies of seven alternative certification (AC) programs, Insights into Alternative Certification: Initial Findings from a National Study by Daniel C. Humphrey & Marjorie E. Wechsler at concludes that there is a great deal of variation between and among AC programs, and such factors as the AC program itself, school workplace and participants’ personal background all interact in AC teacher development.   


Research on Alternative Teacher Certification by Michael Podgursky at claims that research is scarce and inconclusive on the impact of alternatively certified (AC) teachers on student learning gains, AC teacher retention, and the cost-effectiveness of AC programs.