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Survey: Most States Allow Alternative Certification

Forty states and the District of Columbia have adopted methods for licensing teachers that provide alternatives to the traditional route of graduating from an approved teacher education program, according to a new survey.

These alternative routes to licensure show that states have taken steps to ward off a threatened shortage of teachers, concludes the report by the National Center for Education Information. The private research organization, based in Washington, conducts an annual survey of such programs.

"Despite widespread concern that the nation faces a shortage of teachers," concludes Emily Feistritzer, the president of the center, "the data show no shortage need occur."

Copies of "Alternative Teacher Certification: A State-by-State Analysis 1995" are available for $58.95 by calling or writing the center at 4 North Camino Don Carlos, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501; (505) 820-2856.

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