The purpose of this quantitative study was to compare the perception of teacher self-efficacy of traditionally and alternatively certified teachers in a suburban school district with a graduation rate of 99%. A school district with a graduation rate of 99% is worthy of further study to see if there is a statistical difference in the self-efficacy of its professional staff who are traditionally and alternatively certified. Through a study on licensure and worker quality comparing alternative routes to traditional teacher routes, alternatively certified teachers have stronger pre-service qualifications than do traditionally prepared teachers with the least restrictive alternative pathway attracting the most qualified teachers (Sass, 2014). Teacher quality and effectiveness have been studied to determine their relationship to and impact on student achievement. The researcher surveyed 82 teachers who were certified through traditional teacher preparation programs and through alternative preparation programs. The results of the this study did not show a significant difference in the teacher self-efficacy of traditionally and alternatively certified teachers nor did it show a statistical difference in the Teacher Self-Efficacy Scale (TSES) score of those with three or more years of experience and who had previous work experience with children and adolescents. The researcher used two surveys to gather data—a demographic survey created by Thompson (2003) and the TSES, a Likert-type scale, created by Schwarzer, Schmidtz, and Daytner in 1999. The TSES identifies jobs skills and groups in four major areas: (a) job accomplishment, (b) skill development on the job, (c) social interaction with students, parents, and colleagues, and (d) coping with job stress (Schwarzer, 1998; Schwarzer et al., 1999).
Keywords: self-efficacy, traditionally certified, alternatively certified.
|Advisor:||Notgrass, Patty, Lambert-Guesnard, Lucy|
|Commitee:||DUGGER, NEIL, LEE, SHARON|
|School:||Dallas Baptist University|
|Department:||Educational Leadership K-12|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Education, Teacher education|
|Keywords:||Alternative certification, Alternatively certified, Self-efficacy, Teacher efficacy, Teacher self-efficacy, Traditionally certified|
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