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Folsom Cordova USD |  AR  4112.23  Personnel

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Qualifications/Assignment of Special Education Teachers

Any teacher assigned to serve students with disabilities shall possess an appropriate credential or other authorization issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) that specifically authorizes him/her to teach students with the primary disability within the program placement recommended in the students' individualized education programs (IEP). (5 CCR 80046.5, 80048.7)

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

(cf. 6164.4 - Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504)

Special education teachers who teach core academic subjects shall possess the qualifications required by the No Child Left Behind Act. (5 CCR 6100-6126; 20 USC 1401, 6319, 7801; 34 CFR 200.55-200.57, 300.18)

(cf. 4112.24 - Teacher Qualifications Under the No Child Left Behind Act)

The Superintendent or designee may request the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to issue a special education limited assignment teaching permit which authorizes a qualified special education teacher, with his/her written consent, to serve outside the specialty area of his/her credential. If the teacher has not yet obtained permanent status, the Superintendent or designee shall assign one or more experienced educators in the special education subject area(s) of the permit, who have at least three years of full-time teaching experience in each of the subject area(s) of the permit, to provide guidance and assistance to the permit holder. (5 CCR 80026, 80027.1)

The district may employ a person with an appropriate district intern credential to provide classroom instruction to students with disabilities, provided he/she has met the subject matter requirement specified in Education Code 44325 and receives guidance, supervision, and professional development through an established district intern program. (Education Code 44325, 44326, 44830.3)

(cf. 4112.21 - Interns)

As needed, the district may apply to the CTC for an emergency permit for resource specialist services pursuant to 5 CCR 80023.2 and 80024.3.1

When requesting either a limited assignment teaching permit or an emergency resource specialist permit, the Superintendent or designee shall submit a Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators that satisfies the requirements of 5 CCR 80026 and has been approved by the Board at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. (5 CCR 80026)

If there is a need to immediately fill a classroom vacancy or a suitable credentialed teacher cannot be found after a diligent search, the Superintendent or designee may, as appropriate, apply to the CTC for a short-term staff permit pursuant to 5 CCR 80021, a provisional internship permit pursuant to 5 CCR 80021.1, or, as a last resort, a credential waiver

Individuals providing related services to students with disabilities, including developmental, corrective, and other supportive and related services, shall meet the applicable qualifications specified in 5 CCR 3051-3051.24. (5 CCR 3051; 34 CFR 300.34, 300.156)

(cf. 3312 - Contracts)

(cf. 3600 - Consultants)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide ongoing professional development as needed to assist special education staff in updating and improving their knowledge and skills.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Whenever a candidate for a clear education specialist credential is employed by the district, the Superintendent or designee shall, within 60 days of employment, collaborate with the candidate and, as applicable, with the college or university to develop an individualized induction plan including supported induction and job-related course of advanced preparation. (5 CCR 80048.8.1)

(cf. 4131.1 - Teacher Support and Guidance)

The District's program shall provide a continuum of services as designated in the SELPA local plan.

Caseloads

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that caseloads for special education teachers are within the maximum caseloads established by law, the collective bargaining agreement, and/or the comprehensive plan of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) in which the district participates.

(cf. 0430 - Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

The average caseload for language, speech, and hearing specialists shall not exceed 55 cases unless otherwise specified and reasons stated in the SELPA plan. The maximum caseload for speech and language specialists exclusively serving children with disabilities age 3-5 shall not exceed 40. (Education Code 56363.3, 56441.7)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

8264.8 Staffing ratios

44250-44279 Credentials, especially:

44256 Credential types, specialist instruction

44258.9 Assignment monitoring

44265-44265.9 Special education credential

44325-44328 District interns

44830.3 District interns, supervision and professional development

56000-56865 Special education, especially:

56195.8 Adoption of policies

56361 Program options

56362-56362.5 Resource specialist program

56363.3 Maximum caseload; language, speech, and hearing specialists

56440-56441.7 Programs for individuals between the ages of three and five years; caseloads

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

3051.1-3051.24 Staff qualifications to provide related services to students with disabilities

3100 Waivers of maximum caseload for resource specialists

6100-6126 Teacher qualifications, No Child Left Behind Act

80021 Short-term staffing permit

80021.1 Provisional internship permit

80023.2 Emergency permits

80025.4 Substitute teaching, special education

80026 Declaration of need for fully qualified educators

80027.1 Special education limited assignment teaching permit

80046.1 Adapted physical education specialist

80046.5 Credential holders authorized to serve students with disabilities

80047-80047.9 Credentials to provide instructional services to students with disabilities

80048-80048.9.4 Credential requirements and authorizations

80070.1-80070. 6 Resource specialists UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1400-1482 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, especially:

1401 Definition of highly qualified special education teacher

6319 Highly qualified teachers

7801 Definitions, highly qualified teacher

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

200.55-200.57 Highly qualified teachers

300.8 Definition of autism

300.18 Highly qualified special education teachers

300.34 Related services

300.156 Special education personnel requirements

Management Resources:

COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING PUBLICATIONS

Special Education Teaching and Services Credentials, Added Authorizations in Special Education, and Limited Assignment Permits for California Prepared Teachers: Frequently Asked Questions, May 26, 2014

Education Specialist Teaching and Other Related Services Credential Program Standards, 2012

WEB SITES

California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Education Teachers: http://www.carsplus.org

California Department of Education, Special Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se

California Speech-Language-Hearing Association: http://www.csha.org

Commission on Teacher Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov

National Association of Special Education Teachers: http://www.naset.org

Regulation FOLSOM CORDOVA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: December 10, 2015 Folsom, California