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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

Proposed certification changes

Information every local leader

should know

CEA

Policy & Prof. Practice

All Presidents Meeting

March 8, 2010


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

  • 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 ~


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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


Proposed certification changes information every local leader should know

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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