The growing need for teachers in Georgia has led the Savannah-Chatham school district to rely on an often overlooked education program. Alternative Pathways to Teaching allows anyone with a bachelor’s degree to earn a teaching certificate while serving as an interim teacher. The program has ushered in hundreds of new teachers to the Savannah school system.
We talk to Stephen Routh, a teacher who earned his certificate using the program, about his late life career shift. We also talk to Heather Bilton, a talent acquisition officer in the county, about the inner workings of the certificate program and how it’s impacting Georgia.
@OSTtalk I dreamed of being a math teacher once. Now I'm an auto tech. I ❤️ this concept of bringing the real life experience to class room
— Carrie Howell (@carrie_howell3) April 26, 2016
After we say goodbye to Heather and Stephen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution education reporter Maureen Downey joins the show to discuss the pros and cons of the program and how the initiative has fared in Georgia’s neighboring states.
Here are some more of your thoughts on the Alternative Pathways program:
— Sam Burnham (@C_SamBurnham) April 26, 2016
@OSTtalk Patchwork solutions to structural problems. As long as education remains low priority, US remains dependent upon foreign talent
— Cas Mudde (@CasMudde) April 26, 2016
@OSTtalk I've been thinking of transitioning into a new career, have a degree in History, how do I get started?
— John Stephens (@StephensJohn) April 26, 2016
— Chester Loy (@cmdrfade) April 26, 2016