WCU NC TEACH Retention

Western is pleased to release retention data for our NC TEACHers beginning their teaching careers in years 2001/02-2007/08.

The retention rates of WCU NC TEACHers is compared to NC lateral-entry teachers and the total NC first-time teachers with no experience.

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Alternative Licensure - Scholarly Research

The Office of Alternative Licensure activities for 2008–2009 and beyond are aligned with the Boyer Model of Scholarship, Western’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Stewards of Place Model, and the Millennial Initiative with UNC-Tomorrow as an overarching guide.

The Boyer Model  provides research opportunities in the scholarship of application for the Director of the Office of Alternative Licensure (OAL) to collaborate with Western Carolina University faculty members and students.

Currently, the Office of Alternative Licensure annually tracks retention of Western’s alternative-entry teachers beginning with the 2000/2001 cohort. An online survey is planned for November 2008 to collect additional data from currently employed WCU alternative-entry teachers in an effort to identify factors that have contributed to their persistence in the profession.

Other topics of interest include:

  • A comparative study looking at the influence of licensure programs on what and how lateral entry teachers learn to teach (those following RALC plans vs those following a university plan)
  • Identifying induction components that most benefit lateral-entry teachers
  • Mentoring and administrative relationships and their effect on retention of lateral-entry teachers

Western's QEP, Synthesis: A Pathway to Intentional Learning at WCU, is implemented through an applied research project by students in EDRS 800: Alternative licensure program completion. The director of OAL served as a “client” for a group of students in Dr. Meagan Karvonen’s EDRS 800, Advanced Research Methods, fall semester 2008. There is some anecdotal evidence from recent years that large numbers of students enroll in alternative licensure programs at WCU but do not complete the coursework or obtain their certification from WCU. However, no data have been systematically collected to document the extent of these trends or why students are not completing the program. This study seeks to inform that problematic research gap by answering these questions:

1. At what point in their progress toward completion do students prematurely exit the alternative licensure program at Western Carolina University?
2. For what reasons do students prematurely exit the alternative licensure program at Western Carolina University?

The Office of Alternative Licensure is located in 223 Killian. Janice Holt, Director, looks forward to meeting with faculty and students who share similar interests to explore possible collaborative research projects related to alternative pathways to education.

Learn more about the Office of Alternative Licensure Strategic Plan.


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