As reported by K-12 Dive, in order to improve compliance with federal guidelines, a new Minnesota state law limits how long special education teachers from alternative pathways can instruct by enacting stricter requirements to become a special education teacher in the state, including limits on those who pursue alternative pathways.

Specifically, the legislation prohibits special educators with a Tier 1 license from teaching for more than three years under that level of certification, which only requires the teacher to have a bachelor’s degree. Tier 1 special education teachers must also receive high-quality professional development and undergo “intensive supervision” as part of a teacher mentoring program under the law.

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