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Document Number: 10173

Certification Requirements and Teacher Quality: A Comparison of Alternative Routes to Teaching - The author compares the characteristics of alternatively certified teachers with their traditionally prepared colleagues by evaluating the effectiveness of each teacher based on value-added measures. The author finds that teachers who enter through a path requiring no coursework have substantially greater effects on student achievement than do either traditionally prepared teachers or alternative programs that require some formal coursework in education. These results suggest that the additional education coursework required in traditional teacher preparation programs either does little to boost the human capital of teachers or that whatever gains accrue from traditional teacher education training are offset by greater innate ability of individuals who enter teaching through routes requiring little formal training in education. (National Center for Analysis Data in Education Research, December 2011)...


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