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Dateline Wausau: School superintendents discuss teacher certification in 1940

2:55 PM, Apr. 18, 2013  |  Comments
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1940: School superintendents discuss teacher certification

New requirements for teacher certification were a hot topic when the Wisconsin Association of County School Superintendents met in April 1940 at the Hotel Wausau.

J.F. Waddell of Madison, senior assistant state superintendent of public instruction, outlined for the county superintendents the new requirement for two years of teacher training courses that had gone into effect just before the current school year. Teachers with one year of training would be allowed seven years after the expiration of their current certificates to obtain a second year of training, or their teaching permits would not be renewed.

"There are about 2,500 teachers in Wisconsin who will necessarily have to acquire additional schooling if they wish to continue teaching," Waddell was quoted as saying in the April 22, 1940, edition of the Wausau Daily Record-Herald.

A teacher who planned to marry within a year or two and preferred not to pursue the additional training should "marry now," Waddell said. Permits would not be extended for the extra year because "schools cannot serve for charity purposes."

Teachers who held life certificates would not be required to obtain the additional year of training, since the legislature previously had allowed such teachers to continue in the same capacity indefinitely.

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