Oklahoma teacher shortage: State board approves 157 more emergency certificates

OKLAHOMA CITY — In response to the statewide teacher shortage, the Oklahoma State Department of Education on Thursday announced the launch of a task force and received board approval for 157 more emergency teaching certificates to allow applicants who haven’t completed basic higher education and training requirements to enter the classroom right away.

After the board already approved 685 emergency certificates in July and August, the new total for the year comes to 842.

That figure now surpasses the 825 emergency certificates issued over the previous four years.

Read more: Oklahoma teacher shortage: State board approves 157 more emergency certificates – Tulsa World: Education

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