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Alternative Education

Frequently Asked Questions and Promising Practices

II. Practices that May Benefit Students, Parents, and the School Community

19. Staff qualifications - promising practices in Alternative Education

There are no special or additional educators' certifications required by either Federal or state law for Alternative Education programs/schools. Alternative Education teaching staff must be highly qualified, certified in the grade levels in which they are teaching, and have demonstrated content knowledge for the core academic subjects they are teaching. Alternative Education teaching staff self-select and share a commitment to the education of at-risk students. Teaching staff are provided pre-service and ongoing in-service professional development to continue to meet the needs of their students with diverse learning needs.

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Last Updated: September 20, 2012
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