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Licensing Changes in Indiana Emphasize Content

Big changes are afoot in Indiana, where the state's professional-standards board has approved a new set of licensing rules that would require secondary teachers to hold a content-area major, with a minor in education (rather than an education major). Elementary teachers could major in education, but would need to hold at least a minor in a content area.

A few other changes didn't get much press attention but are worthy of some scrutiny. For one, teacher education programs don't necessarily need accreditation through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education to receive state accreditation. Second, the new rules will allow teachers to use professional-development credits, rather than credits earned through degree work, for re-certification.

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