Senate approves bill to let noncertified teach more subjects in schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Noncertified teachers could teach more subjects and would no longer be required to have a degree in the subject they teach if they instead have relevant work experience under legislation advancing in Michigan’s Legislature.

The bill, approved 27-11 along party lines by the Republican-controlled Senate Thursday, goes to the House for consideration.

Noncertified teachers currently can teach computer science, math, science and foreign languages if they have a bachelor’s degree and a major in the topic they teach.

The bill would add to the list writing, journalism, health sciences and any subject on the state’s “critical shortage” list. It also would allow for noncertified teachers to teach a subject in which they have occupational experience but not a major or degree.

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