In Arizona, teachers can be hired with no training in how to teach

WASHINGTON — New legislation signed into law in Arizona by Republican Governor Doug Ducey will allow teachers to be hired with no formal teaching training, as long as they have five years of experience in fields ‘‘relevant’’ to the subjects they are teaching.

The Arizona law is part of a trend nationwide to allow teachers without certification or even any teacher preparation to be hired and put immediately to work in the classroom, in large part to end teacher shortages.

Critics say it plays into a misconception that anyone can teach without learning about curriculum, classroom management, and instruction.


The legislation was championed by Ducey, who has described it as a positive change that will entice ‘‘great teachers’’ into the classroom.

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Arizona has had severe shortages, as thousands of teachers have left in recent years for reasons including low pay, insufficient classroom resources, and a large number of testing requirements and teacher guidelines.