Alternative Certification Teacher and Candidate Retention: Measures of Educator Preparation, Certification, and School Staffing Effectiveness

Michelle Haj-Broussard, Tom Hall, Sheila Allen, Cyndy Stephens, Vickie Person, Tina Johnson


The teacher turnover issue impacts education on national, state, and local levels.  On a national level, at the beginning of the 21st century 50% of teachers left the profession within the first five years, creating the need for districts to fill vacancies (Gonzalez, Brown, & Slate, 2008; Greiner & Smith, 2006; Heller, 2004; Ingersoll, 2002, 2003; Kaff, 2004; National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, 2003). The purpose of this study was to examine the percentage of alternative certification candidates who become fully certified and are hired into teaching positions beyond the induction period, the retention rates of alternatively certified teachers who stay in and complete a preparation program, the reasons alternatively certified teachers leave the profession, and the one and three year retention rates of alternative certification teachers once fully certified and hired into school systems. The authors found that three year retention rates ranged from 74% to 92% for the programs in this study.


teacher retention, teacher attrition, alternative certification

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