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Table H120. Percentage of grade 9 through 12 public school teachers who entered teaching through alternative certification, percentage who were "highly qualified," and percentage distribution of teachers' type of certification, by school type and main teaching assignment: 2008
  Entered teaching through alternative certification   Highly qualified teacher1   Percentage distribution
of type of certification
 
       
School type and main teaching assignment     Regular state certification   Certification with additional requirements2   No certification  
                     
Total 18.3   87.4   86.5   11.7   1.8  
                     
School type3                    
Regular 17.4   88.0   87.3   11.2   1.6  
Career or technical 33.8   74.7   79.3   17.6   3.2  
Other4 19.5   85.8   80.5   14.7   4.8  
                     
Main teaching assignment                    
Career and technical education (CTE), total 25.5   79.7   83.1   14.2   2.7  
Nonoccupational CTE 19.0   82.2   85.6   11.6   2.8 !
Occupational education 30.6   77.6   81.1   16.2   2.7  
Agriculture and natural resources 7.8 ! 80.2   86.6   11.7    
Business 27.0   84.2   89.9   9.3    
Communications and design 26.2   81.4   81.5   17.3 !  
Computer and information sciences 37.9   79.9   78.1   17.8   4.1 !
Construction, architecture, and engineering technologies 43.0   73.4   73.0   21.5    
Consumer, culinary, and public services 37.4   73.0   74.1   21.9    
Health sciences 51.5   61.5   64.9   30.2    
Manufacturing 31.1   71.0   83.7   13.9 !  
Marketing 25.7   86.0   87.5   12.5 ! #  
Repair and transportation 52.7   58.4   64.0   28.6   7.4 !
Academic education 17.7   90.3   87.0   11.5   1.5  
Other5 15.5   83.1   87.1   10.6   2.3  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 A highly qualified teacher is defined as a teacher who has a bachelor’s degree and full state certification and has demonstrated competency in the subject area(s) taught.
2 Includes certificates issued after satisfying all requirements except the completion of a probationary period and certificates that require additional coursework, student teaching, passage of a test, or completion of a certification program.
3 Excludes 9 percent of teachers with unspecified school type.
4 Other school types include special program emphasis schools, special education schools, and alternative/other schools.
5 Other teaching assignments include special education; health education; physical education; military science or Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC); religious studies, theology, or divinity; and other unspecified teaching assignments.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), “Public School Teacher Questionnaire,” 2007–08.

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