Educators Can Teach More Than One Subject To Ease Teacher Shortage: ISBE

Jim Gudas
June 22, 2019 - 11:54 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The state of Illinois is encouraging school districts to be more flexible in what some of their teachers teach.

Emily Fox of the Illinois State Board of Education says many districts don’t realize the state allows them to assign teachers who are certified to teach one subject to also teach another, as long as they meet the requirements to teach that second subject.

“Teachers who are licensed in areas that are not the specific area that they will be teaching or teachers who have a specific number of coursework in the area that they will be teaching could teach that class without obtaining an additional qualification,” Fox said.

Fox says the state is also creating programs to allow qualified teachers to teach other subjects as they work to get certified in those subjects.

“We don’t think that a lot of districts are aware of those provisions in administrative rules, so we’re putting together some guidance documents that will help that be clearer,” Fox said.

Fox says there’s a teacher shortage in Illinois and such flexibility will help school districts more easily adjust their teaching staffs to ensure all subjects are properly taught.