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Unintended Consequences of Expanding Teacher Preparation Pathways: Does alternative licensure attenuate new teacher pay?

Texas reduced new teacher preparation requirements in 2001 to allow more alternate paths to licensure. Within five years, this policy change resulted in over half the state’s new teachers being alternatively licensed. Using a series of first difference models, this study examines the relationship between the increased supply of new teachers in Texas and new teacher salaries prior to the policy change and in the fifteen years thereafter. We find that the policy change did increase the supply of new teachers via alternative licensing, but pay for new EC-6 teachers declined by 2 to 13 percent with differential effects based on the rate at which districts hired alternatively licensed teachers.

Keywords
certification/licensure, educational policy, economics of education
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/8pby-v652

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Guthery, Sarah, and Lauren P. Bailes. (). Unintended Consequences of Expanding Teacher Preparation Pathways: Does alternative licensure attenuate new teacher pay?. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-570). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/8pby-v652

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