Wisconsin Creates New Teacher Equivalency License

Posted Monday, August 20, 2012 --- 2:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- There's a new way for teachers to get licensed to work in Wisconsin's public schools.

State Superintendent Tony Evers on Monday announced a new equivalency license that would allow people to teach in public schools if they have at least three years' teaching experience in places like a private school, workplace training center or child care center.

Candidates would also have to pass a performance-based assessment process to determine their competency with Wisconsin educator standards. They would not be required to pass a Wisconsin recognized and approved educator preparation program.

Gov. Scott Walker praised the move, calling it a positive move that will help districts fill jobs in high need areas like science and math with qualified teachers who have workplace experience.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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