The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted unanimously in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) that would help more Hoosiers become certified teachers.
According to Jordan, House Bill 1528 would allow individuals enrolled in a transition-to-teaching certification program to apply for a Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. The scholarship currently provides $7,500 per year for up to four years to students earning a teaching degree and who commit to teaching in Indiana for at least five years. Under Jordan’s legislation, Hoosiers enrolled in a transition-to-teaching certification program could apply for a one-time scholarship up to $10,000.
“These scholarships help students pursue their passion for teaching and provide assistance for related expenses,” Jordan said. “We want to continue supporting Hoosiers who stay in Indiana and pursue a rewarding and critical career in education.”
Applicants pursuing a transition-to-teaching certification would need to have a bachelor’s degree, agree to obtain an initial practitioner license and teach in an Indiana school corporation for at least five years to be eligible for the scholarship.
Representatives from the Indiana School Boards Association, the Indiana Urban Schools Association, and Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association also testified in support of the legislation.