The state should provide an alternate route that is free from regulatory obstacles that limit its usage and providers.
Iowa limits the usage and providers of its alternate route.
Iowa's alternate route can only be used for certification in secondary (7-12) teaching endorsement areas.
Iowa currently only certifies colleges and universities to offer alternate route programs. Coursework requirements are set out only in credit hours, effectively precluding non-higher education providers.
Iowa Administrative Code 282-13.9.1
Broaden alternate route usage.
Iowa should reconsider grade-level restrictions on its alternate route. Alternate routes should not be programs of last resort for hard-to-staff subjects, grade levels or geographic areas but rather a way to expand the teacher pipeline throughout the state. The state should allow the development of a route that provides a true alternative path to certification and eliminate requirements that alternate route teachers can only be hired if traditionally certified teachers cannot be found.
Encourage diversity of alternate route providers.
The state should specifically authorize alternate route programs run by local school districts and nonprofits, as well as institutions of higher education. A good diversity of providers helps all programs, both university- and non-university-based, to improve.
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