Ohio’s State Board of Education is preparing to vote on a measure that could open the door to more teaching applicants for career and technical education.
Under current law, getting a license to teach career technical or workforce development courses requires experience in the field, sometimes a professional certification, and at least a high school diploma. That last rule cuts out people who earned a graduation equivalency, or GED, and who otherwise meet state requirements.
To receive a teaching license with only a high school education, applicants need at least five years’ experience in their field.
At its July 8-9 meeting, the state school board will vote to recommend tweaking state law to allow applicants with a GED to get licenses to teach. It will be up to state lawmakers to determine how to proceed.