In TX, alternative (online) teacher certification is booming. Avg GPA for all teaching candidates=2.5. Not exactly confidence inspiring. Wonder if this applies to all teachers — those teaching in TX private & charter schools too? Because that means NO ONE’S child is sheltered from a teacher whose certification may be shallow, inadequate, or lacking in constructive criticism of classroom effectiveness.
For-Profit, Alternative Teacher Certification Booming
TX began experimenting w/ alternative certification programs in the mid-1980s. Then, the state “didn’t regulate who was operating private programs, and people saw that was a way to make a fast buck,” said Rae Queen, the president of the Texas Alternative Certification Association, who also runs a fo…