Wisconsin creates new teacher equivalency license

Published On: Aug 20 2012 02:53:51 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 20 2012 02:50:08 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- There's a new way for teachers to get licensed to work in Wisconsin's public schools.

State Superintendent Tony Evers on Monday announced a new equivalency license that would allow people to teach in public schools if they have at least three years' teaching experience in places like a private school, workplace training center or child care center.

Candidates would also have to pass a performance-based assessment process to determine their competency with Wisconsin educator standards. They would not be required to pass a Wisconsin recognized and approved educator preparation program.

Gov. Scott Walker praised the move, calling it a positive move that will help districts fill jobs in high need areas like science and math with qualified teachers who have workplace experience.