Missouri State Board of Education cuts supply teacher training hours



The Missouri State Board of Education announced that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will offer a new certification process for all substitute teachers.

The new process is expected to begin on December 31, 2021. Nonetheless, the state is asking the secretary of state and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to allow the new amendment to begin in early November.

The new amendment will allow individuals to take a 20-hour DESE-approved course instead of the traditional 60-hour course.

The State Board said this certification process was essential due to the shortage of substitute teachers that has arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbia’s school districts are particularly affected by the shortage of substitute teachers this school year.

Noelle Gizlow, president of the Columbia Teachers Union, said teachers have been forced to cover classrooms to which they are not assigned due to the lack of substitute teachers.

Gizlow said: “We are in a critical shortage of submarines statewide, and I think anything we can do to facilitate the integration and availability of submarines is a good thing.”

Todd Fuller of the Missouri State Teachers Association agrees that teachers are overwhelmed.

“Many of our members told us that they were exhausted because they were not only teaching their class, but were then asked during preparation times and during lunch time to teach others. courses for teachers who are either absent or sick, ”Fuller said.

The board voted in favor of the amendment based on past successes and feedback from principals and other stakeholders.

Elementary and Secondary Education Department Paul Katnik said: “The feedback we received was quite impressive. In many cases, these people with 20 hours of training were even more prepared than those with 60 semester hours. “

The training will cover professionalism, respect for diversity, student engagement, fundamental classroom management techniques, basic instructional strategies, support for students with special needs and working with at-risk students.


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