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Legislative Report on State Teacher Certification. Council on Military Education in Texas and the South Dr. Millie Klein mklein0531@aol.com. State Board of Education SBOE State Board for Educator Certification SBEC (4 legislative sessions ago). Types of Teaching Certificates.

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legislative report on state teacher certification

Legislative Report on State Teacher Certification

Council on Military Education in Texas and the South

Dr. Millie Klein

mklein0531@aol.com

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State Board of Education
    • SBOE
  • State Board for Educator Certification
    • SBEC (4 legislative sessions ago)
types of teaching certificates
Types of Teaching Certificates
  • Standard (Sept. 1, 1999)
  • Provisional (no longer issued)
  • Professional (no longer issued)
  • One-year
  • Probationary
  • Temporary
  • Emergency
  • School District Teaching Certificate
routes to educator certification in texas
Routes to Educator Certification in Texas
  • University-based Programs
    • Delivered as part of a baccalaureate program
      • No state requirements on # of hours
      • Requires student teaching
    • Student must be recommended by the University
    • Student must pass both portions of state exam
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Alternative Programs for Educator Preparation
    • Offered by universities, school districts and service centers
    • May include university courses
    • Require internship and mentoring by an experienced educator trained in mentoring
    • Must pass appropriate tests
    • Must pass criminal check
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Additional Certification Based on Examination
    • Certified teacher may add additional certification by exam
    • Career and technology certification may be added based on skill and work experience
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Certification Based on Credentials from Another State
    • May receive a one-year certificate based on SBEC review
    • Must pass appropriate exams during the validity of the certificate
    • Receives a standard certificate
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Certification Based on Credentials from Another Country
    • SBEC evaluation (might need a deficiency plan)
    • Must be language proficient
    • Must pass appropriate exams
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Teaching Without Certification
    • Emergency certificate
      • Requires university deficiency plan
      • Requires course work
      • Does not require student teaching
      • Student is employed while taking course work
      • Student must pass appropriate exams
      • Student receives a standard certificate
    • Must be initiated by a district
proposed certification route temporary certification hb 318
Proposed Certification Route(Temporary Certification HB 318)
  • Recommended by SBEC
  • Approved by the State Board of Education
  • Final review by the State Board of Educator Certification
    • Grades 8 – 12 (only)
    • Review April 2, 2004
requirements
Requirements
  • Baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution
  • An academic major or interdisciplinary academic major (other than education)
  • Major must be related to at least one area of the state curriculum
  • Pass required state exams
  • Pass a criminal history background check by submitting fingerprints for review
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Employed under a probationary contract (for two years)
  • District(s) must provide SBEC evidence of the following training
    • Research-based mentoring
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District pre-service (and on-going) training that includes
    • School policies and relevant state and federal law
    • Instructional methods and strategies
    • Curriculum organization, planning, and evaluation, including the TEKS (in appropriate subject area)
    • Classroom management
sample concerns
Sample concerns:
  • Encourages placement of untrained individuals in the classroom
  • Removes certification from the state level
  • Promotes high attrition
  • Creates substandard certification
  • Transfers training requirements to cash-strapped districts
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Reaches beyond the scope of SBEC
  • Requires an unrealistic appraisal process
  • Allows temporary certificate holders to be assigned outside their areas of expertise
        • Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
  • These issues are currently being addressed by SBEC rules
texas issues related to no child left behind nclb
Texas Issues Related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
    • In the following areas:
      • English/Language Arts/Reading
      • Fine Arts
      • Math
      • Sciences
      • Social Studies
      • Foreign Languages
    • Consequence
      • Loss of all Title I monies
federal definition of highly qualified
Federal definition of “Highly Qualified”
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Full state certification
  • Demonstrated competence in the core academic subject area assigned (HOUSSE)
new elementary teachers
New elementary teachers
  • Hired after first day of instruction 02-03 must have:
    • Bachelor’s Degree, and
    • Certification in the area, and
    • Passed ExCET or TExES
experienced elementary teachers pk 6
Experienced elementary teachers, PK-6
  • Bachelor’s Degree, and
  • Certified in the area, and
  • Passed ExCET or TExES, or
  • Meet High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE)
housse for elementary teachers
HOUSSE for elementary teachers
  • Option A—at least 1 creditable year of experience and a total of 24 points
    • 1 point for each year of teaching (12 pts. Max)
    • 1 point for each hour of college coursework in ELA, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies
    • 1 point for every 15 hrs. of professional development
    • Each subject must be represented in the 24 points
elementary teachers con t
Elementary teachers (con’t.)
  • Option B—at least 1 creditable year of experience and a college major (24 hours with 12 being upper division) or the equivalent in the subject to be taught
secondary teachers grades 7 12
Secondary teachers, grades 7 - 12
  • All secondary teachers must have:
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Certification in any area
    • And in the specific area assigned
      • Passed ExCET or TExES, or
      • Academic Major, or
      • Graduate Degree, or
      • Meet HOUSSE
housse for secondary teachers
HOUSSE for secondary teachers
  • At least 1 creditable year of experience and a total of 24 points
    • 1 point for each year of teaching (12 points maximum)
    • 1 point for each hour of college coursework in the subject to be taught or closely related field
    • 1 point for every 15 hours of professional development in the subject or closely related field
    • 6 points must represent the subject taught
implications for school districts
Implications for school districts
  • HR departments must place a summary of the teacher option used to make each teacher highly qualified in the teacher’s permanent record
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Missouri Site:
    • www.dese.state.mo.us
  • Louisiana Site:
    • www.doe.state.la.us
  • Texas
    • www.sbec.tx.us
  • NCLB
    • www.NoChildLeftBehind.gov