Iowa considers changes to teacher licensing

The Iowas legislature is considering several proposals aimed at addressing the teacher shortage. One proposal would allow temporary initial licensure for candidates with a bachelor's degree who complete an alternative teacher certification program. Applicants would then complete their first year of teaching as a clinical experience program. Another proposal would allow student teachers to serve as substitutes in the classrooms where they are assigned. The article also noted that salary and working condition are factors beyond licensing requirements that are contributing to the shortage of teachers.

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