Uncertified teachers let go by DCSD

More than 100 DeKalb County School District (DCSD) teachers were let go for being uncertified in June.

After a nationwide shortage of teachers in 2016, DeKalb County hired uncertified teachers to fill vacancies in “hard to fill” positions. The district waived certification to fill the positions.

“DCSD believed that the approach to hiring individuals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and some content or subject area background knowledge was the best approach at the time, versus having a substitute in the class with no content or subject area background,” DCSD officials said in a statement.

The uncertified teachers were placed in areas of early childhood education, middle grades and secondary education. Specific subject areas, where the teachers taught, were a combination of English language arts, special education, math, science, health and physical education.

According to DCSD officials, most of the vacant positions have been filled for the 2019-2020 school year.

“DCSD is continuing to vet, screen and interview certified candidates to fill all current vacancies, regardless of the reason for the vacancy,” stated DCSD officials.

DCSD said the district has provided the uncertified teachers with information on how to become certified in Georgia. Once an uncertified teacher has obtained certification, they may reapply.

According to the Teacher Certification Degrees website, candidates can become certified several ways by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The website provides guidelines for candidates who don’t have a degree, have a degree but not an education degree and candidates who have a teaching degree but are interested in additional training.

DCSD will hold a teacher job fair July 18 to fill the remaining vacant positions. The fair will take place at Martin Luther King High School─3991 Snapfinger Road in Lithonia from 9 a.m. to noon. The district is also taking candidate referrals and partnering with local colleges and universities for employment opportunities.

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