…Study says requiring a master’s is causing teacher shortages in key subjects
By Liz Bowie,
The Baltimore Sun
7:20 p.m. EDT,
September 6, 2013
After a stint in the military and on his way to earning a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Rory Holderness decided he wanted to become a high school teacher.
“The whole system was pretty frustrating,” said Holderness, who might have ended up with a career in a classroom instead of working for AT&T had he found the route to becoming a licensed teacher easier.
A recent report by the Calvert Institute for Policy Research found that becoming certified to teach in Maryland is so burdensome that it is causing teacher shortages in key subjects such as science, math and special education. And the report suggests that the state should alter some of its teacher certification requirements to open up the field to a larger number of candidates.
“Maryland’s teacher certification policies are ill-conceived and counterproductive, particularly when compared to many other states’ certification policies,” said Christopher Ryan, the report’s author.