Alternate Routes Policy
The state should allow a diversity of alternate route providers. This goal was reorganized in 2017.
Alternate Route Providers: Wisconsin does not limit the providers of its alternate routes. The state is commended for allowing a diversity of alternate route providers.
Wisconsin Administrative Code, PI 34.33(2); PI 34.195 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Alternative Route Pathway: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways/alternative Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Alternative Route Pathway overview: https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/tepdl/pdf/Alternative-Route-Pathway-Handout.pdf Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, License Based on Equivalency overview: https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/tepdl/pdf/LBE-Pathway-Handout.pdf
As a result of Wisconsin's strong alternate route provider policies, no recommendations are provided.
Wisconsin responded with a helpful question that resulted in our clarification of this goal.
Alternate routes should be structured to do more than just address shortages; they should provide an alternative pipeline for talented individuals to enter the profession. Many states have structured their alternate routes as a streamlined means to certify teachers in shortage subjects, grades, or geographic areas. A true alternate route creates a new pipeline of potential teachers by certifying those with valuable knowledge and skills who did not prepare to teach as undergraduates and are disinclined to fulfill the requirements of a new degree.
Some states claim that the limitations they place on the use of their alternate routes impose quality control. However, states control the criteria for who is admitted and who is licensed. With appropriate standards for admission and program accountability, quality can be safeguarded without casting alternate routes as routes of last resort or branding alternate route teachers "second-class citizens."