On Tuesday, Governor Mitch Daniels signed new teacher licensing rules that will allow school boards to hire a new superintendent from any (non-educational) professional field if the individual holds a master’s degree. Then on Wednesday the Indiana Dept. of Education announced that a second virtual charter school had been approved.
Indiana Department of Education’s Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability
In the fall of 2009, a flood of calls were received in Senate Democrat offices asking that the proposed rule changes to teacher and superintendent licensing be halted. In particular, public opinion was not favorable on allowing professionals from any field to become superintendents without obtaining the educational requirements currently necessary. A clear majority of respondents in Senate Districts 1, 2, 8, 10, 25, 26, 33, 34, 38, 45, 47, 48 and 49 indicated that they opposed that change.
After a series of public hearings and public input, some amendments were made to the original proposal. The rule changes were then approved by the Indiana Professional Standards Advisory Board on January 7, before being signed by the governor this week.
The new rules go into effect July 31, 2010. For more information on the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability, read the governor’s press release or visit the Department of Education’s web site.
Other changes under the Indiana Department of Education’s Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA):
» Secondary teachers (Grades 5-12) must earn a bachelor’s degree in the subject they will teach, along with a minor in education.
» Elementary teachers (K-6) must earn a bachelor’s degree in education with a subject minor or a subject major with an education minor.
» All teachers will have to pass subject tests as a requirement to obtain their license.
» Current teachers will be able to teach new subjects by proving their knowledge with tests rather than returning to campus for college credits. And they will be able to earn professional development credits in-house for license renewal rather than having to return to campus.
» New teachers will no longer have to complete a portfolio or be mentored.
Virtual Charter Schools