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Teaching Quality--Certification and Licensure--Special Education


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 10/2013P-12Adding Teacher Authorization in Special Education
S.B. 368
Defines "comparability" as the determination that a candidate has demonstrated the essence of a required set of knowledge, skills, and abilities through another route. Defines "equivalency" as the determination, through an evaluation process, that a required s...

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LASigned into law 06/2013P-12Salary Supplements for Educational Diagnosticians
H.B. 618
A full-time school educational diagnostician who holds a valid Louisiana teaching certificate or ancillary certificate, an educational diagnostician certification approved and issued by the state department of education, and a Nationally Certified Educational ...

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WASigned into law 04/2013P-12Regarding Qualifications for Educational Interpreters.
H.B. 1144
Requires the adoption of standards for educational interpreters who work with the deaf, blind, deaf-blind, and hearing impaired and identifies and publicizes educational interpreter assessments that are available and meet the outlined definition. Requires the...

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CTSigned into law 06/2012P-12Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
H.B. 5353
Requires additional opportunities for meetings and the exchange of information between school district officials and parents of students in, or under evaluation for, special education. Requires teacher certification preparation, in-service training, and profes...

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MNAdopted 04/2012P-12Special Education Teacher Licensure
MN ADC 8710.5800, 5850
Revises Minnesota's licensure structure to prepare teachers in a hybrid model of disability-specific and cross-categorical system. Establishes two new licensure fields: Academic and Behavioral Strategist and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and includes revisions to...

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MASigned into law 03/2012P-12Transition Coordinator Endorsement
H.B. 3720
Requires the board of elementary and secondary education to provide a specialist teacher endorsement in transition services including coursework and field experience for special education teachers and rehabilitation counselors to develop the competence necessa...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Overhaul of Teacher and Administrator Licensure
S.B. 1799
Effective June 30, 2012, repeals 105 ILCS 5/21-1a on teacher certification exams. Effective June 30, 2013, repeals statutory provisions on (1) teacher certification, qualifications and issuance of certificates; (2) subject endorsement on teacher certificates; ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Certification of Special Education Teachers
S.B. 1794
Removes a provision requiring the state teacher certification board to categorically certify a special education teacher in one or more of certain specialized categories of disability if the special education teacher applies and qualifies for such certificatio...

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NVSigned into law 05/2011P-12Licensure for Special Education Teachers
A.B. 395
Existing administrative regulations require teachers to obtain endorsements to their teaching licenses to teach special
education. Section 1 of this bill creates a separate category of licensure to teach special education.
Existing law requires the Commission ...

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CASigned into law 08/2010P-12Credentials for Teachers of Students with Autism
A.B. 2160
Extends provision to October 2013 allowing a teacher with a Level 1 credential to provide instruction to pupils with autism. http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_2151-2200/ab_2160_bill_20100813_chaptered.pdf...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Special Education--Personnel, Costs, Instruction in Home or Hospital
H.B. 1190
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Amends job titles defined under staff working on behalf of children who have not been identified as eligible for special education and for eligible children with physical disabilities, including...

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ILSigned into law 07/2009P-12Educational Labor Relations Act
S.B. 1984
Requires that a charter school comply with all provisions of the Educational Labor Relations Act. Provides that "educational employer" under the Educational Labor Relations Act includes the governing body of a charter school, a contract school or contract turn...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Research-Based Training
S.B. 451
Requires a district to provide an educator working primarily outside the area of special education with research-based training on serving students with disabilities only if the educator does not possess the knowledge and skills necessary to implement his/her ...

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ORSigned into law 05/2009P-12Teacher Licensure for Special Education
S.B. 122
Limits teaching licenses that are valid for teaching alternative education programs; clarifies language regarding alternative education programs; declares emergency, effective July 1, 2009. Chapter 252
http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measpdf/sb0100.dir/sb0122...

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INSigned into law 05/2009P-12Sign Language Interpreters
S.B. 057
Requires the Division of Professional Standards by July 1, 2010 to set standards for sign language interreters who provide services to children with disabilities
in an educational setting.
http://www.state.in.us/legislative...

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OKSigned into law 05/2009P-12Staff Preparation to Treat Children with Autism
S.B. 135
Relates to autism; provides for the licensing of behavior analysts by the Department of Human Services; prohibits persons from using the title of behavior analyst unless they are licensed; provides funds to the Department of Education for specialized training ...

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CASigned into law 09/2008P-12Education of Autistic
A.B. 131
Authorizes a local educational agency or school to employ and assign an individual to provide instruction to pupils who are of a specified age group and who are diagnosed as autistic, if the individual holds a valid level 1 or clear education specialist creden...

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NYSigned into law 08/2008P-12Administrator Training in Serving Autistic Children
S.B. 8497
Requires that each certified school administrator or supervisor assigned to be a special education administrator on or after September 2, 2009 be provided with enhanced training in the needs of autistic children. Requires individuals serving as special educati...

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CASigned into law 08/2008P-12Special Education Teachers
A.B. 2226
Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to convene a workgroup for the purpose of providing guidance to programs in determining the comparability of coursework or field experience completed in other commission-accredited programs to special education ...

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CASigned into law 06/2008P-12Special Education
A.B. 2302
Authorizes a local education agency or school to assign a teacher who holds a level 1 education specialist credential, or a previously issued credential, that authorizes him or her to provide instruction to individuals with mild or moderate disabilities to pro...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12Stipends for Special Educators for Additional Days of Work
S.B. 2 - Section 21
Directs the legislature, subject to future budget constraints, to annually appropriate money for stipends to special educators for additional days of work in recognition of the added duties and responsibilities assumed by special educators to comply with feder...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Definition of Professional Worker
S.B. 122
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Adds school counselor and school counselor intern to the list of professions included in the definition of a professional worker. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/SB/PDF/09500SB0122lv.pdf...

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NCSigned into law 07/2007P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Preparation of Special Education Teachers
H.B. 26
Directs the board of governors of the state university to report on the efficacy of the preparation of teachers to teach students with disabilities.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2007/Bills/House/HTML/H26v0.html...

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HIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2007P-12Felix Stipend Revolving Fund
H.B. 15
Establishes the Felix stipend revolving fund, to be used by the department of education to deposit moneys received as repayment from students who have broken their contractual Felix stipend, which offers tuition waivers for qualified candidates who enroll at t...

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CASigned into law 07/2007P-12special education interns
S.B. 196
Relates to existing law which authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue district intern credentials authorizing persons employed by any school district to provide classroom instruction to pupils with mild and moderate disabilities in special ...

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LASigned into law 07/2007P-12Universal Dyslexia Screening for K-3 Students
S.B. 160
Directs the state board, by the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year, to implement a pilot program to provide for universal screening of K-3 students for characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders. The program must also provide for periodic progress m...

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IAAdopted 07/2007P-12Substitutes in K-6 Special Education Classrooms
IAC 282-14.143(272)
Expands the ability of a paraeducator holding a substitute authorization to work in K-6 special education classrooms. IOWA 5764...

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KSSigned into law 05/2007P-12Autism Task Force
S.B. 138
Establishes the Autism Task Force. Directs the task force to study and conduct hearings on the issues relating to, the needs of and services available for persons with autism including:
(1) The re-alignment of state agencies that provide services for children...

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INSigned into law 04/2007P-12Division of Professional Standards and Emergency Communication Disorder Permit
S.B. 451
Eliminates reference to professional standards board. Establishes the divisions of professional standards within the department of education. Allows the department of education to issue an emergency communication disorder permit to an individual to serve the n...

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UTAdopted 12/2006P-12
Postsec.
Public Education Job Enhancement Program Eligibility
R690-100
Provides eligibility and award distribution requirements for the Public Education Job Enhancement Program (PEJEP), which offers funding to cover the tuition costs for a teaching endorsement, master's degree or graduate education to selected public school teach...

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NJAdopted 08/2006P-12Special Education Instructional Certificate Requirements
NJAC 6A:9-11.3
Amends rules concerning Special Education Instructional Certificate requirements. http://www.state.nj.us/njded/code/current/title6a/chap9.pdf (see pg. 153)...

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ILSigned into law 06/2006P-12Behavior Analyst
H.B. 4987
Defines behavior analyst to mean a person who is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to provide special education to students with disabilities. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/94/HB/PDF/09400HB4987lv.pdf...

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OKSigned into law 06/2006P-12Substitute Special Education Teachers
S.B. 1493
Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, requires any substitute teacher employed to teach special education for the same assignment for more than 15 consecutive or 30 total school days during a school year who does not hold a valid certificate to teach special...

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KSSigned into law 05/2006P-12Special Education Teacher Service Scholarship
H.B. 2578 Section 1-8
Establishes the special education teacher service scholarship to award up to 50 scholarships a year of $3,000 a semester to Kansas residents with teacher certification who are accepted for admission to or enrolled in a program leading to licensure/endorsement ...

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SDAdopted 08/2005P-12Federal Requirements for Teachers
SDCR 24:05:25:06, 27:01.01 thru 01.06, 04.01, .02, 08.01 thru .04, 27:09, 12, 13.02, 15 thru .03, 16, 18, 19.01, 30:06.01, 15:02:08, 03:01, 03, .01, 06, 08 thru 10, 06:02
Aligns rules with the federal 2004 IDEA legislation. Enables districts to inform in-service teachers about the federal new requirements. Allows educators additional means of adding endorsements and authorizations to their certificates. Increases certification ...

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ILSigned into law 07/2005P-12Transition Specialists
S.B. 768
Amends the Interagency Coordinating Council Act. With respect to the annual report that the Council is required to make to the Governor and the General Assembly, provides that in the 2007 report, the Council shall include recommendations for expanding the recr...

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MNSigned into law 06/2005P-12
H.F. 1176
A special education license variance issued by the Board of Teaching for a primary employer's low-incidence region
shall be valid in all low-incidence regions.

http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H1176.0&session=ls84
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NVTemporary Rule Adoption 05/2005P-12License Endorsement/Core Academic Subjects/Disabilities
NAC 391
Sets forth provisions governing limited endorsement to teach one or more core academic subjects exclusively to students with disabilities. NEVADA REG 3702 (SN)...

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NVTemporary Rule Adoption 03/2005P-12Autistic Education With Special Ed Endorsement
NAC 391.378
Establishes rules which extend the expiration date of NAC 391.378, allowing persons with a special education endorsement to teach pupils who have autism. NEVADA REG 3690 (SN)

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nac/NAC-391.html#NAC391Sec378...

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DERule Adoption 02/2005P-12Certification - Supervisor of Special Education
14 DAC 309
Repeals regulation relating to the Certification for an Administrative Supervisor of Special Education, which is necessary as it is being incorporated into the Director of Special Education regulation as part of the Professional Standards Board's continuing ef...

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DERule Adoption 02/2005P-12Certification - Director of Special Education
14 DAC 307 and 1523, 1.0 - 3.0
Amends regulation applying to the certification of educators as Directors of Special Education. Aligns regulation with statutory changes and requires that a candidate complete an NCATE or NASDTEC approved educator preparation program or an approved alternative...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Teacher Credentialing: Internship Programs
A.B. 2286
Existing law authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, until January 1, 2008, to issue district intern credentials authorizing
persons employed by any school district to provide classroom instruction to pupils with mild and moderate disabilities in s...

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CASigned into law 07/2004P-12Teacher Credentialing: Special Education
A.B. 2171
Authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue a two-year services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel services, solely for the purpose of providing services to deaf and hearing-impaired pupils as a school social worker. Provides t...

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MTRule Adoption 06/2004P-12Special Education
ARM 10.16.3136
SPECIAL EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL STAFF QUALIFICATIONS   (1)   Any teacher providing special education and related services to students with disabilities shall hold a current Montana teaching certificate with appropriate endorsements.
(a)   A special education te...

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WYEmergency Rule Adoption 05/2004P-12Special Education Staffing and Funding
Chapter 35
Adopts rules pertaining to the requirements for adequate special education staffing levels. Adjusts the foundation program formula for special education funding. WYOMING REG 4487 (SN)...

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NDRule Adoption 11/2003P-12Credential Standards
NDAC 67-11-16-03
Establishes rules regarding credential standards. Addresses an applicant for a special education strategist credential must meet the standards set out in this section. Regards the documentation on each standard must be verified by the department before a speci...

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CTSigned into law 06/2003P-12No Child Left Behind Act
S.B. 1155
Requires testing in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act; states an elementary teaching endorsement is valid for kindergarten to grade 6 and a comprehensive special education teaching endorsement is valid for kindergarten to grade 12; requires the stat...

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AKAdopted 06/2002P-12Waivers for Special Education Teachers
4 AAC 12.025 (a)
Waivers are allowed if districts are (A) recruiting through the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Teacher Placement program; or
(B) advertising in one or more newspapers of general circulation; and (3) official transcripts and a letter from an approved tea...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
S.B. 20E
Permits collaboration between Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) and local districts and boards. Allows FSDB to carry forward funds in the same way as universities. Permits FSDB district status for purposes of teacher certification. See bill sect...

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CASigned into law 08/2001P-12Requirements for a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
S.B. 50
Chapter No.173, Authorizes until a certain date, a person who has performed the functions of a speech-language pathology aide for a specified amount of time within the last 5 years to apply for registration as a speech-language pathology assistant. Requires th...

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Professional Development
S.B. 1727
From bill analysis: The number of special education students included in the mainstream classroom has steadily increased over the last twenty-five years. Many teachers in the regular classroom have at least one special education student in their classes, yet ...

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NDSigned into law 04/2001P-12Special education and mental retardation credentials
H.B. 1465
Relates to special education credentials and mental retardation credential; provides an expiration date....

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Counseling for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired
A.B. 707
Makes existing provisions which require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue a 2-year services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel services applicable to a prelingual deaf person with a 2-year services credential with a specializati...

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NYSigned into law 08/2000P-12Services to Visually Impaired
S.B. 4515
Makes provision with respect to providing appropriate educational services to students who are visually impaired including using instructional materials in literary and non-literary subjects such as computer science and mathematics which have been translated t...

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CASigned into law 07/2000P-12Special Ed. Teachers
A.B. 1324
Chapter No.109, Authorizes, until 01/01/05, holders of the credentials who are authorized to teach children with disabilities of speech and language, to teach children in a special day class setting consisting of pupils with mild to moderate disabilities if th...

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ILPassed 06/2000P-12Certification of Special Education Teachers
SJR 61
Directs the state board to refrain from implementing any new system for the certification of special education teachers until January 1, 2001....

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VTSigned into law 05/2000P-12Special Education
H.B. 629
Clarifies the definition of special education services; permits the cost of special education services to be a factor in considering how to provide appropriate services; provides for teacher training; provides for individual education plans; provides for state...

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ILAdopted 03/2000P-12New Special Education Teacher Certification Rules

Beginning January 1, 2003 the state of Illinois will have a new system for certifying Special Education teachers. Teachers will have to be certified as a Learning and Behavior Specialist I (entry level) or Learning and Behavior Specialist II (advanced study a...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Special Eduation Class Size Component
H.B. 1187
The new class sizes are funded as follows:
Category I Special Education - 1:8
Category II Special Education - 1:6.5
Category III Special Education - 1:5
Category IV Special Education - 1:3
Category V Special Education - 1:8...

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