Bill in Senate committee gives more options for teacher career pathway

By Liz Bell, Researcher and Reporter, EducationNC

Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Franklin and Wake Photo

A bill under consideration by the Senate education committee would widen the possible pathways to becoming a teacher.

Sen. Chad Barefoot, R-Franklin and Wake, the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 599, said the legislation opens up more options for people interested in becoming teachers. The measure would allow organizations outside of colleges or universities to offer educator preparation programs.

“Under the old system, you had to be an IHE, an institution of higher education to prepare teachers,” Barefoot said. “What the bill does is it says you no longer have to be that, but you have to meet this set of criteria.”

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