FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The board of education and State Superintendent Glenda Ritz were in Fort Wayne Wednesday, for a board meeting.
One item that was up for debate: changing the requirements a person has to meet in order to teach.
Indiana’s Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability, also known as REPA, is the set of requirements someone must meet to become a certified teacher.
REPA III is the third version of those requirements. It states that a person must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, a 3.0 GPA and 6,000 hours of professional experience in a related field. The candidate must also pass a content test before being certified. However, you don’t have to have an education degree.
“Our biggest concern here is the quality control issue, whether people coming in competing against candidates who may have a very strong background in education, where as they’re coming in and sort of side-stepping the requirements and just walking in the classroom with no background,” said John O’Neal of the Indiana State Teachers Association.
According to O’Neal, research states that teacher training and requirements have a direct impact on student learning.
REPA III was adapted from the REPA II language, created by former state superintendent Tony Bennett.
For more information about REPA III, click on this link.
Before their meeting, Superintendent Glenda Ritz and board members had the opportunity to tour Riverview Middle School in Huntington. One of the board members, Cari Wicker, is a teacher there. The group was able to talk to teachers and sit in on some of the classes.