The West Virginia Board of Education has proposed lowering requirements to become a public school teacher, related to the state's teacher shortage.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that among the proposed changes are exempting education bachelor's degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass a basic knowledge test.

Another change would be no longer requiring non-education master's degree holders within "five years of directly related work experience" to pass a content knowledge test to teach the subject they hold a master's.

Other changes are proposed concerning teacher licensure tests.

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