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License changes proposed for teachers in struggling state

There have been changes proposed for how a person can acquire a teaching license in one state that continues to struggle with a teacher shortage. The state, Wisconsin, has announced possible changes to how a professional teaching license can be obtained. The Department of Public Instruction is working to help districts across the state that have struggled to build complete staffs.

One of the ideas put forth by the Department of Public Instruction involves combining subject areas into one license. This would help districts when it comes down to selecting candidates for open jobs. The reason stated for this was people who switch careers in the middle of life to become teachers. The department stated that most of the general education courses from years ago are no longer relevant.

There are quite a few detractors to this idea put forth by the department, including a group known as the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. A representative from this group spoke at the press conference held by the Department of Public Instruction, saying that there's worry among music teachers that preparation programs would likely become condensed, therefore leaving teachers unprepared or less prepared for the job.

The department noted that schools struggle finding qualified teachers the most in the following areas:

  • Technology
  • Careers
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Special education
  • Early childhood

Protecting your professional license is vital to the future of your career. You should never fight an inquisition against you alone. It's always best to respond to a letter of investigation immediately and then begin a defense of your license in Cleveland.

Source: WXOW, "State officials propose teacher licensing changes to address shortages," Jan. 18, 2018

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