The state should provide an alternate route that is free from regulatory obstacles that limit its usage and providers.
Maine limits the usage and providers of its alternate route.
Maine's alternate route is intended for use only as a route of last resort. Teachers may only work in positions designated as having a shortage of fully certified applicants.
Maine gives approval to offer the state's alternate route programs only to institutions of higher education. Coursework requirements are set out only in credit hours, effectively precluding non-higher education providers.
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Broaden alternate route usage.
Maine 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.
Maine 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.
Maine was helpful in providing NCTQ with facts that enhanced this analysis.