Expanding the Pool of Teachers Policy
The state should provide an alternate route that is free from regulatory obstacles that limit its usage and providers.
Connecticut does not limit the usage or providers of its alternate route.
Connecticut is commended for having no restrictions on the usage of its alternate route with regard to subject, grade or geographic areas. Previous restrictions limiting alternate route teachers to shortage subject-areas have been lifted.
Connecticut has authorized alternative certification through the State Department of Education, Teach For America and Charter Oak State College. The state is commended for structuring its programs to allow a diversity of providers. A good diversity of providers helps all programs, both university- and non-university-based, to improve.
Connecticut recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state noted that it offers several other options of alternate route programs for granting additional endorsements in other teaching areas such as special education, TESOL, mathematics, remedial reading and administration. These programs are provided by Regional Education Service Centers, higher education institutions and other organizations.