Ducey Signs Bill Easing Restrictions To Be Arizona Teacher
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation allowing people without formal teacher training to teach in Arizona classrooms.
When SB 1042 goes into effect, a person with prior expertise in any subject matter will be allowed to become a teacher in Arizona. In the past, that was just limited to STEM fields. The law will also exempt potential candidates from having to take a subject matter proficiency test.
There are still some restrictions in place though. Candidates must still have a higher education degree, have at least five years of experience in their field, and taught a relevant course for the last two years.
Ducey says the move is part of a larger effort to address Arizona’s growing teacher shortage. Critics say, this is just lowering standards, arguing teacher pay is the real issue behind the shortage.