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The University of Massachusetts (UMass) STEM Education Institute and the UMass School of Education hosted a National Science Foundation funded conference entitled “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—Alternative Certification for Teachers” (STEM ACT) in Arlington, Virginia on May 5-7, 2006. This white paper summarizes issues presented at the conference that are of importance for academic researchers of alternative certification (AC) for science teachers. It also outlines a research agenda for the initial preparation of science teachers, regardless of programs, which is intended to identify and examine how teacher learning occurs in their preparation, what is learned, and how teachers put that learning to use. Two similar papers have been prepared for program providers and policy makers