Regarding the Dec. 2 news article “Union to propose ‘bar exam’ for teachers”:

I changed careers 13 years ago to become a teacher. Although I had an undergraduate degree and years of work experience, I was required to complete a teacher-preparation program, consisting of undergraduate and graduate courses, and a teaching internship for a total of 51 credit hours.

I also took and passed three Praxis I teaching exams and three Praxis II exams to earn my license to teach elementary education. Many other recent teachers probably had a similar experience.

I believe this is more than just “hand[ing] teachers the keys,” as Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was quoted as saying in the article.

Amy Gartland, Rockville

I applaud the idea of equating teacher education and teacher certification with the professions of law, medicine, architecture and engineering. My question is, what is the plan to create equal respect and parity in pay between teachers and those other professions?

Beverly Weaver, Alexandria