Expertise in Online Teacher Education
Through our National Teacher Education Center (NTEC) brand, Wellspring Higher Education specializes in supporting the delivery of alternative teacher certification programs. These on-the-job programs require unique services that often fall outside of the scope of a traditional university. To support alternative certification programs NTEC provides placement and mentor support services.
Program Design Services
Whether a university has a existing certification program or wants to expand into teacher certification, National Teacher Education Center's design team has the experience necessary to guide the university through the program design process. From initial conception to state approvals, NTEC works with schools of education to design performance-based programs grounded in state-required teaching standards and requirements. The result is a highly innovative program that supports high-needs content areas and ultimately expands the footprint of the university.
Alternative certification candidates must have a teaching job to complete their program. An NTEC placement specialist works with school districts to identify shortage areas and fill those jobs with candidates from our alternative certification program partners. The NTEC placement specialist assists candidates with the development of a resume and coaches students through mock interviews. It is essential that the placement specialist maintains a relationship with the local school community and NTEC works diligently to make this a reality. By doing so, many of our graduates interview and are placed within those communities.
The high quality alternative certification programs offered by NTEC’s university partners include intensive classroom based coaching. Using NTEC’s proven Mentor/Coach program our university partners successfully support candidates’ development as teachers. Each candidate is provided with a coach who visits his/her classroom and provides one-on-one coaching on a regular basis. NTEC sets up the coaching system, identifies qualified coaches, recommends those coaches to the university, and then manages their work in support of students. This one-on-one relationship is an asset to the program as it provides the student with a ‘go to’ person with the knowledge and experience to guide them through their coursework and, ultimately, make them successful in their own classroom.