Date of Award

Fall 2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Marilyn A. Hirth

Committee Chair

Marilyn A. Hirth

Committee Member 1

Jim Freeland

Committee Member 2

William McInerney

Committee Member 3

Pamela Frampton


As teacher recruitment intensifies to locate qualified teachers for our nation's classrooms, alternative teacher certification programs are becoming prevalent. Initially these programs were designed to attract professionals and college graduates to enter urban classrooms. However, what has occurred is that over 140 alternative certification programs are available to teacher candidates. Some of these programs are well designed with education courses and content area methodology along with pre-service teaching internships while others may not provide the opportunities for new teachers to be successful in their first years of teaching. This study investigated the perceptions of secondary school principals regarding the effectiveness of traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs.