The National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) is the professional organization that advocates for standards-driven nontraditional educator preparation leading to effective school staffing. NAAC reviews trends and issues to inform practices and policies relevant to recruitment, preparation, certification, support, assessment, and retention of high-performing educators.
Definition of Alternative Certification
NAAC defines "alternative route to certification or licensure" as follows: A preparation program that primarily serves candidates who become the teachers or other school leaders of record in classrooms/schools while participating in, or immediately after participation in, the route to certification. Institutions with alternative routes focus not only on preparation but also on recruitment, selection, support, and retention. In common usage, "alternative routes to certification or licensure" broadly describes any preparation program other than a traditional undergraduate degree-granting program leading to certification. Each state further defines "alternative routes to certification or licensure."
NAAC Statement on Assessment and Evaluation of Programs
The National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) advocates for objective evidence that alternative pathways result in effective teachers and success for all students. In collaboration with National, State and local education groups, NAAC and its members emphasize the importance of program evaluation to assess quality and the use of data to inform and refine strategies toward effective education program completer outcomes. The association's platform further supports collection and use of triangulated data from students/parents, school administrators, and peers to provide indicators of alternatively certified teachers' performance to foster high levels of learning in all types of schools and with all students.
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NAAC Standard Operating Procedures
NAAC Strategic Plan
NAAC Statement on Effective Teaching
NAAC one-page overview
Region 1: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Region Rep: Marjorie McCabe, PhD
Region 2: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Region Rep: John T. Parker, Major USAF (Retired)
Region 3: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Region Rep: Dawn Basinger, EdD
Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Region Rep: Tina Johnson, MA, MEd
Region 5: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, DC
Region Rep: Brian Evans, EdD