My name is Carolyn Walker Hitchens. I am a policy representative from Indiana, and I am an associate professor at Ball State University.
In Indiana, there has been opposition to this path to licensure, as well as support for it. It was originally considered under the term of the last state secretary of education, Tony Bennett. Concerns include the potential for lack of preparation to manage the classroom and knowledge to offer pedagogically sound instruction. Those in favor of this licensure path believe it will offer opportunities for more individuals who want to be educators to enter the teaching profession .The current superintendent, Ms. Glenda Ritz, voiced opposition to this certification, as did 2 other board members. A motion to remove the language from REPA III was defeated. REPA III later passed.