New Rules Will Give Indiana Students
More Knowledgeable Teachers
Subject-Experts from Outside Education Welcome
The state board overseeing teacher licensing and preparation voted today to advance new teacher licensing regulations that ensure all new teachers will be experts in the subjects they teach and allow adults from other careers to more easily enter the teaching profession. These new regulations—called the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability or the REPA—aim to improve student achievement through better classroom instruction.
crafted these changes with the belief that students’ academic success
is determined, in large part, by the quality of their teachers,”
Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said. “These new
rules for licensing go further than ever before to make sure all
Indiana’s school children receive the high-quality instruction they
In addition to passing exams that test their knowledge, the new rules require those who teach grades 5-12 to earn baccalaureate degrees in the subjects they teach. This creates a better balance in teacher preparatory programs between coursework on how to teach and subject-specific training on what they will teach.
Dr. James Fraser, senior vice president for programs for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and professor of History and Education at New York University, said, “The proposal to require every future secondary school teacher in Indiana to complete a full discipline-specific arts and sciences major makes very good sense. A solid major in the discipline to be taught is an essential minimum to truly knowing the content one aspires to teach.”
Equally important, the rules take steps to address future teacher shortages and bring more knowledgeable adults into Indiana schools. The advisory board will have the authority to approve online and non-traditional teacher preparation programs in the future. Without these alternative licensing programs, it’s unduly difficult for successful adults in other careers to enter the teaching profession. These new regulations allow for new pipelines to bring real world experts into Indiana classrooms.
Ariela Rozman from The New Teacher Project said, “We commend the IDOE for taking important steps to increase teacher and administrator quality—through an expansion of teacher and administrator pipelines, a focus on content knowledge which has been linked to student achievement, a requirement to measure the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs and a commitment to school-based professional development.”
regulations go even further to improve teacher support and provide
greater flexibility. Incoming teachers will work closely with
school-level administrators to create targeted professional development
plans to benefit student instruction. Current and future
teachers will have more options to renew their licenses—options that
won’t require them to pay for college coursework. The new rules also
make it easier for teachers to make their licenses more marketable;
they can add subjects to their licenses by passing exams that test
The REPA regulations go into effect July 31, 2010. Students currently enrolled in teacher preparation programs will be transitioned into these new rules between now and August 31, 2013.
For more details on REPA and to view an updated summary of the rule, visit www.doe.in.gov/news/2009/07-