alternate Route or post-bacc program

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  1. amethyst

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    I have a bachelor's degree already and want to get my teaching certification. Would you recommend doing the alternate route or doing the post-bacc program?
     
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    In this economy, I'd do the post-bacc program.
     
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    I went the alternative route and it worked out great for me. I did mine through ABCTE.
     
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    Sorry to sound dumb, but what is the difference? I have been saying I did the alt-cert route, but I might be wrong. I had a BS in Business Administration; then went to a CSU and got a credential. Is that alternate, or post-bacc?
     
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    Do you mean a master's program? That is post baccalaureate (post-bachelor's).
     
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    There is also a post BA where you take the courses in teachers education, student teaching etc through the college and then are certified.

    I would get the post BA.
     
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    I would do post-bacc, too. You would have a credential in hand when applying for jobs, which could make it much easier for you to get a job.
     
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    I would do post-bacc as well. Definitely a safer route, from everything I've heard/seen.
     
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    Amethyst-
    I've given this same answer to your recent questions regarding your certification/education process...If you are staying in NJ, you should go 'regular' route, getting a degree from a university or college-preferably not online, and get certified through the traditional route...You will be competing against highly qualified candidates from prestigious programs with varied background and experience. The NJ market is incredibly competitive and you want to make yourself as marketable as possible...alternate route is not as highly regarded in this market as traditional university programs...especiallly in early childhood/elementary ed which are glutted with candidates.
    Good luck in your pursuits.
     
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    I did a one year program through the university called ATP. It was a mix of post-bac people and fast-trackers (students who wanted to finish college in 3 years).

    I really liked it because it was only 1 year w/o pay (rather than the normal 2 year program) and it had a ton more hands-on time in the classroom.
     
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    Is ATP Arizona State University at Tempe Phoenix? I believe the OP is in NJ.
     
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    Yes I did ATP at ASU in Tempe. I thought maybe there were comparable programs in other states (maybe under different names)
     

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