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Indiana looking for teachers to come from the professional sector

The state legislature has enhanced the opportunities for professionals to move into the area of teaching.

State Representative Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) said in a release, “At the state level, I continue to support our teachers and encourage others to consider a rewarding career in the classroom.”

Rep. Jordan continued, “This session, I supported legislation to expand access to transition to teaching scholarships that provide $10,000 to career professionals pursuing training to make the switch to teaching.”

To be eligible for the Transition to Teaching Scholarship, applicants pursuing a transition-to-teaching certification need to have a bachelor’s degree, agree to obtain an initial practitioner license, and teach in Indiana for at least five years. Last year, the state awarded $1 million through 100 scholarships to Hoosiers who are professionals in other fields and want to teach.

Jordan said, “Last year, I supported increasing the annual Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship award amount from $7,500 to $10,000 and removing the annual 200-recipient cap. Nearly 600 students applied for the scholarship, with applications from 263 high schools in 88 of Indiana’s 92 counties.”