Teacher certification can be costly

Time has an interesting article detailing the often costly hurdles teachers must clear to become certified in the various states: What it really takes to become an elementary school teacher. 

Forty-four states require candidates to take a test or series of tests as part of their preparation; 25 states require students to have a specific grade point average before entering a teacher preparation program.

“These teachers are unnecessarily burdened by the increasing costs of standardized testing,” Linda Banks-Santilli says. “And this is even before they have an opportunity to enter a field in which the national average salary was $56,383 in 2014.”

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