Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Teacher Certification Article of the School Code. Removes a provision prohibiting a preservice education teacher from student teaching until he or she has passed the subject matter test in the discipline in which he or she will student teach.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that prior to completing an approved teacher preparation program, a preservice education candidate must satisfactorily pass the test of subject matter knowledge in the discipline in which he or she will be certified to teach. Provides that the teacher preparation program may require passage of the test of subject matter knowledge at any time during the program, including prior to student teaching. Adds an immediate effective date.