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Old 03-19-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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Are these the same? Like, is a post-bacc from UNT (with student teaching) looked at the same way as an alt cert program? Just wondering because my fiance is considering the program and I'm not sure how positive I should feel. I know the market is saturated in DFW.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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Just use the Search the Forum for alt cert and you will see how poorly it is viewed.

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Old 03-19-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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Well that was sort of my question. I couldn't tell if they are essentially the same thing, or if one is favored over the other.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:34 AM
 
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Theoretically they are equal. In practice the teaching degree is "first among equals" for various reasons.

I could not in good faith encourage anyone to pursue either unless the field was in high demand: math, chem/physics, SPED, ESL.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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If you mean going back to a college/university and taking all the required education courses plus doing the student teaching, that is infinitely better than alt-cert. In fact, many years ago that is what I did. But my experiences in another state and decades ago isn't relevant to today's market, except to say paying $30K to one of those alt-cert programs only to find that no one considers you qualified is a bad deal. Getting the "position" you need to equal student teaching is very difficult.
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