News in Brief
Wisconsin Moving to Allow Teachers Without Degrees
Wisconsin may become the only state to allow people who don't have bachelor's degrees to be certified to teach some academic subjects, under a provision put in the state budget. The move has drawn widespread criticism, and Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has refused to say whether he supports it.
Under the change, people with relevant experience could be licensed to teach noncore academic subjects in grades 6-12. They would not need degrees, and they could even be high school dropouts. Anyone with a bachelor's degree could be licensed to teach in a core subject: English, math, social studies, or science.
No other state allows teachers who don't have a bachelor's degree to be licensed, according to the Wisconsin education department, although Georgia allows certification of career and technical education teachers without a bachelor's.
Vol. 34, Issue 34, Page 4Published in Print: June 10, 2015, as Wisconsin Moving to Allow Teachers Without Degrees