Concerns Raised Over Teacher Requirements

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Some university leaders are warning that a plan to tighten academic requirements to become a teacher could create a shortage in Mississippi.

Gov. Phil Bryant, as part of his education package, wants to raise the minimum requirements for students to enter teacher preparation at Mississippi's eight public universities.

Under bills pending in the Legislature, students would have to score 21 on the ACT college test and earn a 3.0 GPA in recent college courses. Now, some universities have lower requirements for GPA and ACT scores, and students can take another standardized test, the Praxis, instead of the ACT.

College Board data shows that 49 percent of students admitted in the 2011-2012 school year wouldn't have qualified under the proposed standards, and universities are trying to seek changes.