Alternative teaching certifications were created to widen the potential teacher pool in order to address teacher shortages in the US. In many jurisdictions, an alternative teacher certification will allow you to teach in any and all places that a teacher who has gone the traditional route of obtaining a Bachelor of Education.
In other jurisdictions, the primary goal of alternative certification is to address teacher shortages in specific subject and geographic areas, so where and what you can teach will be dependant on the subject your bachelor’s degree is in. In this instance, graduates with certain degrees are in higher demand than others, and having the right degree can be a golden ticket towards a teaching job.
With the greatest teacher shortages occurring in STEM subjects, it means those whose initial bachelor’s degrees were in core STEM areas like math, engineering or science are in particularly high demand.
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