Monday, February 16, 2015

Washington Bill Would Let College Adjuncts Qualify as Substitute Teachers

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 13th, 2015

An unusual bill pending in Washington State’s Senate would clear the way for experienced adjunct faculty members at colleges to be certified as substitute teachers in public schools.
The measure, introduced on Thursday, calls for the state’s Professional Educator Standards Board to provide for the issuance of substitute-teacher certificates to adjunct instructors, whether or not such faculty members have completed teacher-preparation programs or hold regular teaching certificates. To qualify for the substitute-teacher certificates, the adjuncts would need to have at least a master’s degree from a regionally accredited higher-education institution and three or more years of demonstrated success teaching. They also would need to meet existing requirements for teachers regarding personal fitness and moral character.

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