Efforts to Raise Teacher Certification Standards Falter

Aug 22, 2014 by

A billboard that periodically springs up along Texas highways asks two questions: Want to teach? When can you start?

It is a message that reflects the pinch of the teacher shortage in a state where 80,000 new students enter the public school system each year — and the thriving business that has grown up around it.

Last year, nearly 3,000 people earned their teaching certificates from the company behind the billboards, A+ Texas Teachers — more than at any other program in the state. Texas is the only state that allows for-profit companies not affiliated with higher education institutions to offer teaching certificates.

Alternative certification programs like the one at A+ Texas Teachers offer a faster way into the classroom than college and university degree programs, taking anywhere from three months to two years to complete and costing about $4,000. Such programs now outpace traditional training in turning out certified teachers in the state.

In particular, for-profit programs, which graduate almost one in four of the state’s new teachers, have flourished. Every year since 2009, the state’s two largest for-profit providers, A+ Texas Teachers and iteachTEXAS, have produced far more teachers than any other traditional or alternative program.

via Efforts to Raise Teacher Certification Standards Falter | The Texas Tribune.

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