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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter explores the literature on alternative pathways to teacher certification to provide a context for understanding how and why these programs developed and their potential impact on traditional pathways to licensure. A discussion of the different types of alternative certification programs, including graduate-level teacher certification programs, certificate-only programs, and non-university certification programs (NUCPs), provides a basis for understanding how preservice music teachers are certified in these programs. These include recruitment, implementation of curricula, and often limited preservice music teacher preparation prior to teaching. This chapter concludes with a discussion of how music teacher educators can continue to lead the profession with adapting existing traditional pathways to accommodate a wide range of teacher candidates from a diverse array of personal, musical, and professional backgrounds to help prepare them for a multitude of music teaching scenarios in an ever-changing educational landscape.

Keywords: alternative certification, student recruitment, preservice music teachers, nontraditional students, teacher preparation

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