In this brief, the authors share strategies that state education agencies may use to provide more flexibility in teacher certification policies and thereby mitigate bilingual teacher shortages, including: 1) providing educators multiple pathways to certification, 2) offering prospective teachers a menu of certification requirements, 3) allowing educators to earn probationary certifications, and 4) creating flexible reciprocity policies.
Citation: Rutherford-Quach, S., Torre Gibney, D., Kelly, H., Ballen Riccards, J., Garcia, E., Hsiao, M., Pellerin, E., & Parker, C. (2021). Leveraging flexible teacher certification policies to address the bilingual teacher shortage. CCNetwork.
Related Project: Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center Bilingual Teacher Project
Topics: Brief Elementary High school Middle school Resource Systems change Teacher Quality Technical assistance