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Teacher Certification

A New Model Alternative Certification Program For HS Physics Teachers

written by Dan MacIsaac, Joe Zawicki, Kathleen E. Falconer, David Henry, and Dewayne Beery

The Masters of Science Education (Physics with NYSED Transitional B Certification) program accommodates science and engineering professionals with appropriate bachelors degrees who wish to change career paths into physics teaching.  Alternative certification refers to a teacher certification program that differs from standard college programs of teacher preparation, usually by avoiding the extended guided field experience of student teaching.  This article describes the development and deployment of a model graduate level alternative certification program for physics teachers at SUNY- Buffalo State College.

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