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0648, 30 Jan 18

DPI Proposes Changes to Teacher Licences

This would be a step in the right direction.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction wants to simplify the teacher hiring process, but some teachers worry proposed new rules will dilute subject-matter expertise.

Proposed changes to Public Instruction Rule 34, which governs teacher licensing requirements, include consolidating licensing options from specialized subject areas (like chemistry and geometry) in favor of broad ones (like science and math) and simplifying the process for teachers to obtain a license in another subject area through a combination of subject area testing and teaching experience.

Before, teachers only had the option to convert their license to another subject area, versus earning an additional license.

DPI spokesman Thomas McCarthy said broad subject area licensing dovetails with teacher preparation programs in the state changing their pedagogical approaches.


0648, 30 January 2018


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