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					 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education        www.education.state.pa.us




                  Changes in Teacher Certification:
                 Strengthening the Professional Core
                      Joel Geary, Educator Preparation Liaison




 Edward G. Rendell,                                                Tom Gluck, Secretary of
 Governor                                                                      Education
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 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education     www.education.state.pa.us




 Edward G. Rendell                                                                Tom Gluck,
 Governor
                                                                   Secretary of Education
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us




       Office of Post Secondary/Higher
       Education
       Sandra Edmunds, Deputy Secretary
       Bureau of School Leadership and
       Teacher Quality
       Terry Barnaby , Director
       Division of Professional Education,
       Christina Baumer Division Manager
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us




    The mission of the Pennsylvania Department of Education is to lead
    and serve the educational community, to enable each individual to grow
    into an inspired, productive, fulfilled lifelong learner.




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 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us




                                             Topics Covered
    • Changes to PA Certification regulations
    •                  Topics
      New Professional Core
    • Impact on current certificate holders
    • Differences between ―old‖ and ―new‖
      certificate programs
    • Additional changes to certification
      programs
    • Keep up with changes
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education    www.education.state.pa.us


                                            Changes to § 49.13
   On or before January 1, 2011:
   • Teacher education programs will require at least 9 credits or 270 hours, or
                                   Changes to § 49.13
      an equivalent combination thereof, regarding accommodations and
      adaptations for students with disabilities in an inclusive setting.
   • Within the content of these 9 credits or 270 hours, instruction in literacy skills
      development and cognitive skill development for students with disabilities
      must be included, as determined by the institution.
   • At least 3 credits or 90 additional hours, or an equivalent combination
      thereof, must address the instructional needs of English language learners.
   • For purposes of this requirement, 1 credit equals 30 hours of coursework.
   • Applicable hours are limited to a combination of seat hours of classroom
      instruction, field observation experiences, major research assignments, and
      development and implementation of lesson plans with accommodations and
      adaptations for diverse learners in an inclusive setting.
   • This requirement does not apply to current certificate holders—it is a
      requirement for college programs.
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



                                    Changes to § 49.85
    New certificates issued after January 1, 2013, will be:
     a. Early Childhood (Pre K through grade 4, or ages 3 through 9).
                                   Changes to § 49.85
     b. Elementary/Middle (grades 4 through 8, or ages 9 through 14).
     c. Secondary (grades 7 through 12, or ages 11 through 21).
     d. Specialized areas (Pre K through grade 12 or up through age 21).
     e. Special Education PreK-8 (PreK through grade 8 or ages 3 through 14)
       with a dual certificate in one of the following:
         i. Early Childhood
         ii. Elementary/Middle
         iii. Reading Specialist
     f. Special Education 7-12 (Grades 7 through 12 or ages 11 through 21) with
       a dual certificate in one of the following:
         i. Secondary
         ii. Reading Specialist

    Note: The definition of Pre-kindergarten was amended to include Early
       Intervention agencies.
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



                              For Existing Certificate Holders
     • No worries. Your ability to work is based on your
       current certificate(s).
          For Existing Certificate Holders
     • You may add new certificates
             – Complete a post-bacc certification program.
             – In some cases, you can add an Instructional area to an
               existing Instructional Certificate if you take and pass the
               appropriate ACTFL/Praxis content test.
                 • Must hold an Instructional (type 60, 61, 62 or 80)
                   certificate and be adding an Instructional area. *Please
                   note cannot add to a Vocational certificate.
                 • Excludes: Elementary Education, Early Childhood
                   Education, Reading Specialist, Cooperative Ed, all Special
                   Education areas and Health and Physical Education and
                   any Instructional subject with "no qualifying score".
             – http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objI
               D=506819&mode=2
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education      www.education.state.pa.us




                              PA Certification Web Page
         http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/certifications/7199
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



                     What’s Different? Grades Pre K-4
    •         Added Early Childhood theory
    •         PA Early Learning Standards
    •              What’s Different? Pre K-4
              How to observe and record behavior in order to understand the
              meaning and degree of variation and exceptionality among
              individuals
    •         Diversity
    •         Family and Community Partnerships
                                              What’s

    •         Pedagogy has added appropriate early foundations in the subject
              areas
    •         Strengthened awareness and use of multiple assessments to make
              decisions about instruction, eligibility decisions
    •         Added Field Experience hours requirement:
            –     Observation and Exploration: 40 hours
            –     Pre-Student Teaching: 150 hours
    •         Student Teaching: maintains requirements for 12 weeks full-time
    •         Added several requirements linking Pre K-4 instruction with PA
              Standards and Assessment Anchors
    •         Requires colleges to offer two-years of support after graduation
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education        www.education.state.pa.us



      What’s Different? Grades 4-8 (Middle Level)
     •     Emphasis on Middle Level education, e.g., philosophy of middle school
           education, adolescent development and motivation, student transition,
           managing classroom and materials for middle level learners.
     •     Added a requirement for minimum competencies in English/Language
           Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
     •     Added a requirement for a Concentration Area (Option I or Option II)
     •     Result: Certificate holder is able to be a generalist in grades 4-6, but also
           may be HQT in one or two subject areas in 7th & 8th grades (depends
           on Option).
     •     Strengthened awareness of and use of multiple assessments to make
           decisions about instruction, eligibility decisions
     •     Added Field Experience hours requirement:
            – Observation and Exploration: 40 hours
            – Pre-Student Teaching: 150 hours
     •     Student Teaching: maintains requirements for 12 weeks full-time
     •     Added several requirements linking 4-8 instruction with PA Standards
           and Assessment Anchors
     •     Requires colleges to offer two-years of support after graduation
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education                            www.education.state.pa.us



            What’s Different? Special Education
    •     Requires dual certification with either
            – Pre K-4 or 4-8
            – 7-12 content area.
            – Reading Specialist                         Note: Only 3 colleges are seeking this to date.
    •     Heavy focus on use of assessment and appropriate instruction to help
          students progress toward standards, plus:
            – Understanding and preventing over-representation of diverse students in special
              education
            – Inclusion in LRE
            – Collaboration
            – Secondary Transition
    •     Pedagogy for different grade bands focuses on that grade band
    •     Added Field Experience hours requirement:
            – Observation and Exploration: 40 hours
            – Pre-Student Teaching: 150 hours
    •     Student Teaching: maintains requirements for 12 weeks, split between
          Special Education and content area certificate
    •     Requires colleges to offer two-years of support after graduation
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us




                         For Candidates in College Now
      • For Candidates inor Special Education
        Earn Elementary K-6 College Now
        N-12 certificate before December 2012, or
        seek new certificates
      • Some colleges are not able to run both
        programs simultaneously
      • Thus, many candidates are moving into
        the new programs
      • New admissions must be for new
        programs
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us




          For Those Desiring Both Pre K-4 and 4-8
                          Certificates
    •    Graduates who earn the first certificate will
         have an opportunity to enter an
         ―Accelerated Program‖ for the other
         certificate.
    •    Guidelines will be released soon.
    •    For all other certificate holders, a post-
         bacc program is an option
    •    Field experience/student teaching in new
         grade band is required
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education        www.education.state.pa.us



                      Secondary Education Programs
       • New Guidelines take effect September 1, 2011
       • Professional Core for secondary-level teacher
         preparation must include:
              – Organizational Structure of the High School
              – Adolescent Development
              – Subject Matter Content and Pedagogy
                      • Subject Matter Content
                      • Pedagogy -- ―Candidates interested in teaching at secondary levels
                        must in one sense be prepared to ―unpack‖ complex issues and
                        procedures to their foundational elements, yet in another sense be
                        able to motivate and challenge students with a variety of evolving
                        21st century applications of the subject matter.‖
              – Assessment
              – Professionalism
              – Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Students in an
                Inclusive Setting and Meeting the Needs of English Language
                Learners §49.13(4)(i))
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



                      Secondary Education Programs
    • Additional subject areas may be ―added-on‖ after initial
      certification, if the applicant can demonstrate subject
      matter knowledge through the appropriate
      ACTFL/Praxis test(s).
    • The current grades 7-9 add-on certificates will no longer
      be issued once the new 4-8 Praxis tests have been
      developed.
    • Until then, 7-9 add-ons are permitted.
    • Once new tests are established, middle grades can only
      be added by completing a 4-8 program.
            – Upon certification in one 4-8 concentration, additional
              concentrations may be added through the appropriate 4-8
              content test.
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



                                          New Endorsements
    • Following approval by the Department, baccalaureate or
      graduate degree granting institutions may offer short
                                New Endorsements
      programs (12 credits maximum) that lead to the Program
      Endorsement.
    • The Program Endorsement documents knowledge in
      new and emerging areas where formal certification does
      not exist. The Program Endorsement is intended to
      improve a teacher’s skills in dealing with complex
      classroom settings.
    • These endorsements would be added to existing Level I
      or Level II Certificates but are not required to perform
      service in these areas.
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Instructional Coaching
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



          From the Guidelines for the Instructional
                 Coaching Endorsement
     • For coaches who will serve primarily as literacy
       coaches at the Pre K-4 level, the PA certification
       guidelines for reading specialist
       http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/com
       munity/institutional_program_approval/8817 and the
       IRA Standards for Reading Professionals 2010
       provide useful information about content knowledge.
     • In Pennsylvania, coaching is considered a part of the
       Reading Specialist certification. In other words, an
       individual with reading specialist certification is eligible
       for a coaching position; however, the Instructional
       Coaching Endorsement is available for reading
       specialists who desire to further strengthen their
       professional knowledge and skills in instructional
       coaching.
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



          From the Guidelines for the Instructional
                 Coaching Endorsement
       • To provide the literacy knowledge necessary for those whose
         focus is literacy across the disciplines, Standards for Middle and
         High School Literary Coaches (IRA, 2006)
         http://www.reading.org/General/CurrentResearch/Standards/Coa
         chingStandards.aspx provides specific knowledge competencies
         for English, mathematics, science and social studies.
       • Likewise, the PA Comprehensive Reading Plan document, The
         Pennsylvania Literacy Framework (PLF), may provide a valuable
         framework for literacy.
       • The philosophy of Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System
         (SAS) must permeate the candidates’ course experiences, as
         well as their field experiences. Programs have flexibility in how
         they address accommodations, adaptations and cognitive
         development of diverse students in an inclusive setting, and
         English Language Learners.
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



                                        Fees Have Gone Up
      • $100 In State PA Certificate Application (Level I)
      • $160 Out of State PA Certificate Application (Level I)
        (fee required for each subject area)
      • $100 Level II Application (converting Level I to Level II)
      • $100 Add-On application (fee required for each subject
        area)
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education             www.education.state.pa.us

                                             Level I to Level II
      •     Educators who have been issued a Level I instructional certificate after September
            22, 2007 must complete 6 specific credit hours as a part of the 24 semester hour
            post-baccalaureate credits. Therefore, effective September 1, 2011, individuals
            applying for Level II conversion must have earned at least six post-baccalaureate
            credits of collegiate study in the area of Inclusive Classrooms and/ or in the area of
            Standards Aligned Systems (SAS).
      •     Acceptable coursework in the area of Inclusive Classrooms includes the following
            topic areas:
              – Providing effective instruction to students with mild to severe disabilities
              – Research-proven strategies and methods to help special needs learners gain
                 meaningful access to elementary and/or secondary curriculum content
              – Assessing the success of instruction with special learners and improvement of
                 outcomes for all students
              – Methods of motivation and classroom management in settings with special
                 needs learners
      •     Acceptable coursework in Standards Aligned Systems (SAS) includes the
            following topic areas:
              – Understanding the national movement for core academic standards;
                 understanding Pennsylvania's Standards Aligned System (SAS) and the
                 research base underlying its six components
              – Use of diagnostics and formative assessment
              – Use of Pennsylvania's Ed Portal as an ongoing job-embedded resource for
                 educators
              – A requirement to conduct a professional development activity or awareness
                 session in the educator's own school district on Pennsylvania's SAS and
                 curriculum frameworks
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



                                             Level I to Level II
   • A common misconception is that the 24 credits required for
     conversion to a Level II certificate are required to be at the graduate
     level, and/or earned after the initial PA certificate is issued. Credits
     are not required to be at the graduate level, but are required to be
     earned ―post-baccalaureate‖ (earned after the conferral of the initial
     Bachelor’s degree.) Credits earned during a post-baccalaureate
     teacher preparation program are applicable to meet the Level II
     requirements. Please encourage new teachers to review the Level
     II Instruction Booklet posted on the PDE website at
     www.education.state.pa.us before enrolling in, or taking Level II
     related coursework. The booklet specifically details what specific
     credits are acceptable, or unacceptable, for Level II conversion.
 Changes in Teacher Certification:
 Strengthening the Professional Core
Edward G. Rendell, Governor   ▪Tom Gluck, Secretary of Education   www.education.state.pa.us



                               Keeping Up With Changes
      • PA Certification Web Page
        http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/ser
        ver.pt/community/certifications/7199
      • PDE Chapter 49 Web page
      http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/serv
        er.pt/community/chapter_49/8627
      • Joel Geary: jgeary@state.pa.us

				
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