The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Jim Tedder’s bill to remove an unnecessary requirement as part of a professional teaching certificate to new teachers.
Tedder stated the added reading disabilities requirement is not needed for new teachers as part of professional development and should instead be part of college curriculum.
“We should make certain these new educators have completed this coursework prior to their degree, and are better prepared to work with students who need added reading instruction,” said Tedder, a former teacher and administrator in Clarkston. “That makes more sense than having a student complete their degree, do their 100-plus hours of student teaching, start their classroom career and then got back to school for specialized reading instruction.”
House Bill 4084 advances to the Senate for its consideration.