Ducey Signs Bill Easing Restrictions To Be Arizona Teacher

By Carrie Jung
Published: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:09pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:49am

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.