|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|
|Career or technical||33.8||74.7||79.3||17.6||3.2|
|Main teaching assignment|
|Career and technical education (CTE), total||25.5||79.7||83.1||14.2||2.7|
|Agriculture and natural resources||7.8||!||80.2||86.6||11.7||‡|
|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||‡|
|Repair and transportation||52.7||58.4||64.0||28.6||7.4||!|
# 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.