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The deans of nine colleges of education in Arkansas have endorsed a proposal to allow people who do not have education degrees to be certified to teach.

The plan would allow noncertified individuals to work as "supervised interns" for three years while completing the education courses necessary for certification, the deans said in a proposal sent to the Arkansas Education, Certification, and Evaluation Committee last month.

The deans' proposal also recommended that elementary-education students be required to have a major in elementary education that includes 18 semester-hours in an academic field and that student teaching be expanded from the current eight weeks to not less than 12 weeks.

The deans represented colleges of education at the Arkansas Polytechnic University, Arkansas State University, Harding University, Henderson State University, Southern Arkansas University, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and the University of Central Arkansas.

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