Item 11. Creation of a Temporary Teacher Certificate by kld67108

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									State Board for Educator Certification                                       Temporary Teacher Certificate


                                              Item 11.
                             Creation of a Temporary Teacher Certificate

ACTION

Desired Outcome: The Board will propose a rule that would constitute an amendment to 19 Texas
Administrative Code, Chapter 232, General Requirements Applicable to all Certificates Issued,
Subchapter A. Types and Classes of Certificates Issued , to provide another route to obtaining a Texas
teaching certificate.

Summary:
• Amendments to Chapter 232 (§232.5) will allow certain individuals to obtain a Texas teaching
   certificate valid for grades 8-12 without having been enrolled in an educator preparation program.

        A person may be temporarily certified to teach only in grade levels 8-12 if the person:

                (1) holds a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher
                education received with an academic major or interdisciplinary academic major,
                including reading, other than education, that is related to at least one area of the
                curriculum as prescribed under Subchapter A, Chapter 28, Texas Education Code; and

                (2) performs satisfactorily on the appropriate examinations prescribed under Section
                21.048, Texas Education Code; and

                (3) passes a criminal history background check by submitted fingerprints for review.

        A certificate issued under this section is valid for a term not to exceed two academic years.

        A person may receive a certificate to teach only in a subject area of the curriculum prescribed
        under Subchapter A, Chapter 28, in which the person holds a baccalaureate or advanced degree
        from an institution of higher education with an academic major related to that area of the
        curriculum. Guidelines for determining the academic major related to the current grades 8-12
        certificate structure will be developed by the Executive Director.

        A person who applies for a temporary teaching certificate under this section shall pay a fee equal
        to that required of applicants for a probationary certificate.

        A person who holds a certificate under this section may be employed by a school district only if
        the person and the school district agree that the person will be employed under a probationary
        contract for each year of the person's employment with the district.

       A school district employing a person who holds a certificate issued under this section must
       provide the board with evidence that it will provide the person with intensive support during the
       person's employment with the district, including:

                (1) mentoring in which the mentoring program is modeled on research-based mentoring
                    and induction programs;

                (2) pre-service training that addresses the following areas before the first day of the start
                    of the student academic year and ongoing appropriate professional development must
                    include, but not be limited to, the following areas:

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                    (A) school policies and relevant state and federal law;

                    (B) instructional methods and strategies that emphasize practical applications of the
                    teaching-learning processes,

                    (B) curriculum organization, planning, and evaluation, including the scope and
                    sequence of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in the subject area in which
                    the teacher holds a certificate, and

                    (C) basic principles and procedures of classroom management with emphasis on
                    classroom discipline, using group and individual processes.

        Districts delivering the required intensive support for an educator holding the temporary teacher
        certificate must follow guidelines established by the Executive Director with evidence indicating
        the ability to comply with the provisions of this chapter.

        A school district may require that a person who will be employed by the district and who holds a
        temporary teacher certificate issued under this section complete a teacher training program.

        At the end of the two years of employment, the person must apply to the State Board for Educator
        Certification for a standard certificate. The person must also be recommended by the current
        employing school district for certification. All employing school districts must provide evidence
        to the Board that each district provided the aforementioned intensive support.

        A standard teaching certificate shall be issued to a person under this section if:

                (1) the person held a temporary teacher certificate issued under this section;

                (2) the person has been continuously employed as a teacher of record in a public school
                    district for two academic years; and

                (3) the employing district(s) has (have) favorably reviewed the person's performance,
                    including classroom performance and performance in any teacher training
                    program(s). Each school district must predominately base the review of a person’s
                    performance on the increase in achievement of the students over which the person
                    has had charge.

        At the end of the two years of employment, if a person is granted a standard certificate, the person
        may not apply for or receive another temporary teacher certificate under this rule.

        The board will ensure that an appropriate evaluation of this rule is conducted using performance-
        based assessment methodology and that a report on the evaluation of the rule be made available to
        the public within five years of the implementation date of the rule.

•   Amendments to Chapter 230, Subchapter M §230.413(b)(7)(F) incorporates the temporary teacher
    certificate as another route to certification.

•   Amendments to Chapter 230, Subchapter M §230.436 established the schedule of fees for the
    temporary teacher certificate and the review of transcripts.


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Impact of Action: The proposed rule will expedite the certification process and potentially increase the
number of certified teachers necessary to reduce the current shortage of certified and highly qualified
teachers.

Projected Implementation Date: Summer 2004.

Background Information:

Board rule requires all individuals seeking initial certification as a teacher to complete an approved
teacher preparation program, pass the appropriate certification examinations, and complete a criminal
history check. Board rule also states that all preparation programs will be held to the same standards of
performance as required by the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP).

Senate Bill 1 (74th Legislature) created the School District Teaching Permit to allow school districts to
hire an individual who does not have a certificate issued by this Board. To be eligible, the individual
must have a baccalaureate degree and be recommended by the school district. If the Commissioner of
Education approves the district’s request, the individual can teach only in that district and in that
assignment.

Texas Education Code (TEC) § 21.045 requires the Board to establish standards to govern the approval of
and continuing accountability of all educator preparation programs. TEC § 21.049 requires the Board to
provide for educator certification programs as an alternative to traditional educator preparation programs.
TEC § 21.050 states that anyone applying for a certificate that requires a baccalaureate degree must have
a degree received with an academic major or interdisciplinary major, including reading, other than
education that is related to the public school curriculum.

The Federal requirements under “No Child Left Behind” for “highly qualified” teachers are contained in
the Federal Register, Part IV, Department of Education, 34 CFR Part 200 Title I- Improving the
Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged: Final Rule. Section §200.56 Definition of “highly
qualified” teacher requires the teacher to have full state certification and have demonstrated subject area
mastery. For new elementary teachers, this is accomplished through passing the elementary certification
examinations. For middle and secondary teachers, this mastery can be demonstrated by either passing the
appropriate content certification exam or by having an academic major or equivalent in the content area.
Section §200.56 allows individuals who have not obtained full state certification to meet the requirements
of “highly qualified” by being in a State approved and regulated alternative route to certification. An
alternative route, according to the federal requirements, must provide a field-based practicum or
internship with “high quality professional development that is sustained, intensive, and classroom focused
prior to and throughout the assignment.” Further, the law requires that supervision of this practicum or
internship be conducted “with the structured guidance and regular ongoing support of an experienced
educator who has been trained as a mentor.” This criteria is also reflected in Board rule, Chapter 228.

During the 78th Legislature, House Bill 318 was introduced as a means to create an additional route to
certification that would not require an individual to complete a preparation program in order to teach in
grades 8-12. Rather, HB 318 required the individual to have a degree based on an academic major or
interdisciplinary major, including reading, that is related to at least one area of the public school
curriculum. Although HB 318 did not require the individual to complete a teacher preparation program, it
did require the employing school district to provide intensive support during the individual’s first year.
HB 318 was not passed by the 78th Legislature. The final version of HB 318 is an Attachment.

Executive Director’s Recommendation and Rationale:
The amendments to rule are provided as requested for the Board’s consideration and possible action.

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Respectfully submitted,




Ron Kettler, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director

SBEC Goal(s) Addressed: Goal 1- Certify high quality educators upon entry into the profession based
upon standards of performance measured by rigorous examinations.

SBEC Staff Members Responsible:          Dr. Ron Kettler, Interim Executive Director




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