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Non-Traditional Teacher Prep

What is non-traditional teacher prep?
Non-traditional teacher prep programs include internships that provide on-the-job training to teacher candidates serving as teachers of record in their own classroooms prior to receiving initial certification and residencies in which candidates are trained in the classroom of a teacher of record and become the teacher of record in their own classroom after receiving initial certification. In contrast to traditional preparation, in non-traditional preparation most coursework is taken simultaneously with full-time classroom experiences rather than being completed in large part before full-time classroom experiences.

Why does non-traditional teacher prep matter?
Non-traditional providers produce 20 percent of the nation's 214,000 new teachers each year. The non-traditional teacher prep programs based in colleges and universities that also house traditional teacher preparation programs produce half of those teachers who can enter teachers by this route, while programs not based in a college or university ("non-IHE based") produce the other half.

NCTQ's sample.
Our sample for a first rating of non-traditional teacher prep programs includes 85 secondary internship programs offered by non-IHE based providers located in 22 states and the District of Columbia.  Providers were chosen generally on the basis of their annual teacher production.  Because of the large production of teachers from non-traditional providers in Texas, 40 providers in the sample (45 percent) are located in Texas.

Webinar on NCTQ evaluation of secondary residencies which is ongoing (audio or  presentation slides)

NAME STATE
Arkansas Department of Education: Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL) AR
Teach For America (Arkansas) AR
Los Angeles Unified School District: District Intern Program CA
Rex and Margaret Fortune School of Education CA
San Joaquin County Office of Education: IMPACT Intern Program CA
Teach For America (Colorado) CO
State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education: Alternative Route to Teacher Certification (ARC) CT
Teach For America (Connecticut) CT
DC Teaching Fellows DC
Teach For America (DC Region) DC
Gulf Coast State College: Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) FL
Hillsborough Community College: Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) FL
Pasco County Schools: Alternative Certification Program FL
Valencia College: Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) FL
Clayton County Public Schools: Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP) GA
DeKalb County School District: Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP) GA
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE ): Idaho ID
Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE): Certification Solutions Program LA
Catherine Leahy-Brine Educational Consultants, Inc. MA
Collaborative for Educational Services MA
Springfield Public Schools: District-based Licensure Program MA
Teach For America (Massachusetts) MA
Baltimore City Teaching Residency (BCTR) MD
Prince George's County Public Schools: Resident Teacher Program (RTP) MD
Teach For America (Baltimore) MD
Teach For America (Prince George's County Public Schools) MD
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE): Missouri MO
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE): Mississippi MS
Mississippi Community College Foundation: Mississippi Alternative Path to Quality Teachers Program (MAPQT) MS
Teach For America (Mississippi) MS
Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC): Region 1 - Charlotte/Cabarrus NC
Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC): Region 2 - Fayetteville NC
Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC): Region 3 - Nash NC
Regional Alternative Licensing Centers (RALC): Region 4 - Catawba NC
New Hampshire Department of Education: Alternative 5 (Site-Based Certification Plan) NH
State of New Jersey Department of Education: Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) NJ
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE): Pennsylvania PA
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE): South Carolina SC
South Carolina State Department of Education: Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) SC
Tennessee Department of Education: Teach Tennessee TN
A Career in Teaching: Alternative Certification Program (Corpus Christi) TX
A Career in Teaching: Alternative Certification Program (McAllen) TX
A+ Texas Teachers Alternative Certification TX
ACT Central TX TX
ACT Dallas (also referred to as ACT Houston-at-Dallas) TX
ACT Houston TX
ACT Rio Grande Valley (RGV) TX
ACT San Antonio TX
Alternative South Texas Educator Program (A-STEP) TX
Alternative South Texas Educator Program (A-STEP) - Laredo TX
Dallas Independent School District: Alternative Certification Program TX
Education Career Alternatives Program (ECAP) TX
Educators of Excellence: Alternative Certification Program TX
Houston Independent School District: Effective Teacher Fellowship (ETF) TX
iteachTEXAS TX
McLennan Community College: Alternative Teacher Certification Program TX
Pasadena Independent School District: Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) TX
Quality ACT (Alternative Certification for Teachers) TX
Region 1 Education Service Center: Project PaCE (Preparing and Certifying Educators) TX
Region 10 Education Service Center: Teacher Preparation and Certification (TPC) TX
Region 11 Education Service Center: Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) TX
Region 12 Education Service Center: Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) TX
Region 13 Education Service Center: Educator Certification Program (ECP) TX
Region 18 Education Service Center: Teacher Certification Program (TCP) TX
Region 19 Education Service Center: Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) TX
Region 2 Education Service Center: Educator Preparation Program TX
Region 20 Education Service Center: Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program (TOPP) TX
Region 3 Education Service Center: Educator Preparation Program (EPP) TX
Region 4 Education Service Center: Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) TX
Region 5 Education Service Center: Teacher Certification Program (TCP) TX
Region 6 Education Service Center: Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) TX
Region 7 Education Service Center: Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) TX
South Texas Transition to Teaching Alternative Certification Program TX
TeacherBuilder.com TX
Texas Alternative Certification Program TX
Texas Alternative Certification Program at Brownsville TX
The Texas Institute for Teacher Education TX
Training via E-Learning: An Alternative Certification Hybrid (TEACH) TX
Web-Centric Alternative Certification Program TX
YES Prep Public Schools: Teaching Excellence Program TX
Utah State Office of Education (USOE): Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) UT
EducateVA: Virginia Community Colleges' Teacher Prep Program VA
Vermont Agency of Education: Alternative Licensure Program (Peer Review) VT
Norda, Inc: Project Teaching WI