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.
Although Montana does not limit the usage of its alternate route, it does place restrictions on providers.
There are no grade-level, subject, or geographic restrictions for candidates working under the Class 5 Alternative License. Montana is commended for having no restrictions on the usage of its alternate route with regard to subject, grade or geographic areas.
All teacher preparation programs, traditional and alternate route, must be accredited by Montana based on NCATE standards. Further, the specific requirements are articulated in terms of credit hours, effectively precluding non-higher education providers.
Montana Administrative Code 10.57.425 http://www.montana.edu/ehhd/educ/fac/forms/docs/other/09PEPPSManual.pdf
Encourage diversity of alternate route providers.
Montana 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.
Montana declined to respond to NCTQ's analyses.