Dual-credit teachers may get five-year extension for new requirements

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By: Associated Press

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Indiana educators struggling over an impending change in requirements for high school teachers of dual-credit classes may be getting an extension.

The Higher Learning Commission, which accredits colleges and universities in Indiana, is offering a reprieve from its September 2017 timeline. Instead, a panel will review applications and consider extensions lasting as long as September 2022.

Teachers of high school classes for which students can receive college credit are included under the commission’s new academic requirements for college instructors. Master’s degrees would be required for instructors.

Colleges and universities with dual-credit programs or the state’s Commission for Higher Education would have until September to apply for an extension. Commission for Higher Education spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson says it plans to apply for a five-year extension on behalf of institutions.