If I had not been going to school and teaching in my own classroom at the same time, I would not be the teacher I am today
- Sharon, English Teacher
Did you know…
Alternative certification programs place an average of 8,000 teachers annually in California’s public schools.
Over the last seven years, nearly 55,000 teachers statewide have come through alternative certification programs.
For the 2009-2010 school year, nearly half of all teachers placed were under-represented minorities.
When compared with the national average, alternative certification programs recruit 50% more males than traditional programs.
In past years, 50% of California’s new math teachers were placed from alternative certification programs.
Nearly 85 percent of school principals across California rank teachers from alternative certification programs as good as or better than other beginning teachers.
After five years, more than 70% of our teachers are still on the job.
The stats are impressive, but nothing tells the story like our teachers.