Strategies for Attracting, Preparing, and Retaining Special Education Teachers through Alternative Route Programs
Keywords:alternative routes, special education teacher preparation, teacher shortage, teacher recruitment, teacher retention
To address the national teacher shortage, the federal government has permitted alternative route preparation programs in an attempt to increase the supply of licensed teachers. Alternative route (AR) programs vary by state, but generally aim to train teacher candidates who do not have a traditional education preparation background to fulfill high-need teaching areas, such as special education. As a result, many AR special education programs are housed within various institutions of higher education across the United States. However, teacher educators often bear the responsibility to develop and sustain ARs within their institution of higher education with little guidance. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide a pillar framework for teacher educators in attracting, preparing, and retaining high quality AR special education teachers. Research-based strategies specific to AR infrastructure and teacher preparation policy implications are discussed.
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