Indiana Requiring New Special Ed Licensure for Teachers

Special education teachers in Indiana will be required to be fully licensed or meet new requirements for provisional licensing after Indiana officials said the state issued thousands of emergency special education teaching permits in violation of federal law over the last four years.

WFYI-FM reports federal law bars states from issuing emergency permits for special education teachers.

The federal government has not penalized Indiana for violating the rules.

State officials say they will stop issuing emergency permits for special education next school year, instead mandating that educators be fully licensed or enroll in programs that culminate in special education licensure.

The sudden shift in policy is expected to be an added hardship on Indiana schools, which have become increasingly reliant on emergency permits due to a shortage of special education teachers.