Most people lump alternative certification programs into one big category, but they are not all the same.
One of the programs with a residency component, run by AUSL and National Louis, just got a $3 million grant from the USDE. This is new for the USDE to award these grants to residency models. AUSL claims that it’s trained over 300 teachers and has a retention rate of over 87 percent
So here’s the question: Does a residency year make enough of a difference to be worth the extra cost? Are AUSL grads any different or better than TFA grads or traditional certificate teachers? Let us know if you’ve been through the program, worked with the residents, or seen them in action after they’re graduated. Alt cert isn’t going away — but maybe it’s getting better.