More and more teachers today are coming into the classroom through alternative routes to teaching. Many new educator certification programs are popping up as people from different careers are increasingly looking into how to become a teacher.

If traditional programs don't fit your needs, you can judge the relative weight of paths toward alternative teaching credentials through Path to Teach - to find different program certification options that will best prepare you for the realities of the classroom. For example, many new programs provide teaching certification online, or entirely in person - make sure you know the value you are getting in return.

Specify "alternative path to teaching" when you search programs on Path to Teach, or search particular alternate programs by name. Programs exist for elementary, secondary, and special education tracks. 

We think you will agree: the more information consumers have, the better the choices they make - which ultimately leads to better schools, teachers and student learning.