A Texas board narrowly approved a plan to give a two-year credential to would-be high school teachers educated in their subject but not trained in teaching. Normally, uncredentialed teachers would be required to take education classes. What’s radical about this plan is that teachers could earn a credential based on an evaluation of their teaching skills — not on coursework.
The temporary teacher certificate plan approved Friday would allow people to receive a two-year certificate to teach grades eight through 12 if their degree is related to the subject they would teach and they pass state teacher exams. All teachers must pass the exams.
School districts would be required to provide the new teachers with training, mentoring and professional development. After two years, they could be granted a standard certificate if they had received good reviews.
Texas needs math, science and foreign language teachers. The new plan is designed to pull in laid-off tech workers with math and science degrees. If the economy really is recovering, those laid-off techies won’t be available much longer.