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Proposed certification changes Information every local leader should know. CEA Policy & Prof. Practice All Presidents Meeting March 8, 2010. SDE proposing major certification changes in 3 areas Special education – major change in requirements for initial certification

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Proposed certification changes

Information every local leader

should know

CEA

Policy & Prof. Practice

All Presidents Meeting

March 8, 2010

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SDE proposing major certification changes in 3 areas

  • Special education – major change in requirements for
    • initial certification
  • Teacher leader – new certificate SDE would require
  • Literacy – combines current reading teacher & reading
    • consultant certificates
  • ~ All changes would become effective July 1, 2014 ~
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Proposed special education teacher & intervention specialist certificate

  • Eliminates initial certification through bachelor’s level program
  • Requires master’s degree for initial certification
  • Requires prior certificate or passing Praxis II in any content area
  • Requires minimum 75 hours of CEUs in areas specified by SDE
    • to advance to professional certificate
  • only teaching certificate that would have these requirements
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Impact on teachers & students

  • Unclear if all special educators would be grandfathered
  • Cost for teachers to meet requirements for initial certificate
    • increases by thousands of dollars
  • Districts would be forced to hire at master’s level – financially
    • hard for many districts, so would limit number of special educators hired
  • Broad range of responsibilities allowed under one certificate too
    • many for any teacher to handle, & still service students well
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Impact on teachers & students

  • Districts might focus assignment of special educators to deal mostly
    • with tasks other than direct service to students; e.g., training paras, diagnostics, facilitating PPTs, etc
  • Will take longer to prepare special educators - initially may create
    • greater shortage of special ed teachers
  • Preparation program too broad for 30 credits – results in underprepared
    • teachers
  • Special educators from out of state not certifiable unless they have
    • master’s in special ed – further decreases number of special educators in CT
  • Requiring master’s for initial certificate eliminates teacher’s ability to
    • earn master’s degree (for professional certificate) in area of choice
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CEA proposals for Special Education certificate

  • Based on focus groups, survey, & work with special educators, CEA
  • proposed the following regarding special education certification:
  • 2 levels of special education certification
    • Teaching- level 1; preparation to work with students with
      • mild to moderate disabilities
    • Specialist – level 2; preparation to work with students with
      • severe disabilities, and for other responsibilities
  • Must hold teaching certificate before advancing to specialist certificate
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Proposed teacher leader certificate

  • Required for teacher working more than 40% of time in
    • position such as:
    • teacher leader
    • team leader
    • content coach
    • curriculum specialist
    • any other similar title
  • Requires master’s degree and 12 graduate credits & field
    • experiences in specific areas
  • SDE pushing certificate based on erroneous assertion that
    • there are national standards for TLs, and ETS has developed
    • performance-based assessment for TLs
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Impact on teachers & students

  • Teachers currently working in such positions would not
    • be grandfathered – would have to earn certificate
  • Cost to teachers for additional coursework
  • District training provided to teacher leaders only ‘counts’
    • toward certification if district designs, and has approved,
    • 180-hour program
  • Prescribed coursework might not match needs for position in
    • your district
  • Certification changes expected to be in place for 15+ years
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Proposed literacy specialist certificate

  • Combines 2 current remedial reading & reading consultants
    • into 1 certificate – “administrators don’t understand difference
    • between them, & use educators interchangeably”
  • For initial certificate - requires master’s degree/30 graduate credits;
    • study in curriculum development, children’s literature,
    • adolescent literature
  • For professional certificate – requires 12 credits beyond those for
    • initial certificate
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Impact on teachers and students

  • All teachers currently working as literacy coaches, coordinators,
    • lead teachers, etc. would have to have certificate – no grandfathering
  • Teachers who now provide early intervention services to students
    • outside regular classroom would have to hold certificate
  • Cost to earn initial certificate increases – more credits required
  • Cost to earn professional certificate – 12 additional credits
  • Wider range of responsibilities under one certificate – currently
    • under two certificates
  • Preparation program too broad for 30 credits – results in
    • underprepared teachers
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CEA proposals for Literacy Specialist certificate

  • 2 levels of literacy certification
    • Literacyteacher– focus on working with students and their
      • teachers (one-on-one or small group)
    • Literacy specialist – focus on training paras, tutors, coaches,
      • etc.; program development & coordination; full diagnosis & intervention/remediation planning
  • Must have experience as literacy teacher before specialist
  • Separate preparation & responsibilities allows greater depth of
    • knowledge & skill…..more effective services to students
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Get involved in CEA campaign to change certification!

  • Read more details about certification proposals on CEA web site – encourage
    • members to do same : http://www.cea.org/profdev/cert/index.cfm
  • Participate in public hearings on certification regulations:
    • Monday, April 5 – CREC (Hartford)
    • Tuesday, April 6 – CES (Trumbull)
    • Monday, April 12 – EASTCONN (Willimantic)
    • Thursday, April 29 – ACES (Hamden)
  • Work with Uni Serv rep to organize teachers …… attend hearings; use CEA
    • resources to write testimony for CEA to send to State Board & SDE
  • Let CEA know what needs clarification
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