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Proposed legislation could change Indiana's teacher training requirements

Democratic State Rep. Sheila Klinker is worried it doesn't provide the same kind of mentorship and hands on training needed.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 5:56 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2021 6:04 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Teacher training requirements could be changing in Indiana.

Senate Bill 205 would allow teachers to get their licenses through alternative programs instead of the traditional four year college requirement. There would also be one year of clinical experience.

Democratic State Rep. Sheila Klinker is worried it doesn't provide the same kind of mentorship and hands on training needed.

"It's all an online program with no personal relationships or faculty and I think that's key to why it's not a workable situation," she explained.

Klinker also doesn't believe it will encourage more people to become educators.

"The bottom line is we need to be working on incentives for teaching with dollars and cents at this point rather than having an online situation," she added.

The bill also says alternative program graduates may not teach a special education course or be a teacher of record for a special education student.

News 18 reached out to one of the bill's authors, Republican State Sen. Brian Buchanan, but he was not able to get back with us.

The bill now goes to the Senate for a final vote.

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