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Preliminary Credential   

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(a) Upon the recommendation of the governing board of a school district, the commission shall issue a California Preliminary (CAP) credential to any person who displays knowledge and expertise in a subject area as demonstrated by all of the following qualifications:

(1) Possession of a postbaccalaureate or graduate degree in a subject specified in Section 44257 from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

(2) Five or more full-time equivalent years of practice in the field for which the postbaccalaureate or graduate degree was awarded.

(3) Basic skills proficiency as measured by the test adopted pursuant to Section 44252.

(b) The CAP credential is a preliminary single subject teaching credential. The CAP credential shall authorize teaching in the subject or subject area, or the performance of services, approved by the commission and designated on the credential. The commission shall also approve and designate on the credential the grade level or levels for which the teaching or service authorization is valid.

(c) The governing board of a school district electing to recommend a person for the CAP credential shall do the following:

(1) Enroll candidates for the CAP credential in a preservice training program for a minimum of 40 hours of pedagogical training that is aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. A candidate for the CAP credential shall complete this training before providing classroom instruction. The preservice training program shall include the following:

(A) Preparation in classroom management and organization.

(B) Grade-level curriculum content and instructional models and strategies.

(C) Pupil assessment practices.

(D) Literacy development in the subject to be authorized on the credential.

(E) Equity, access, and diversity training.

(F) Appropriate instructional strategies for English language learners and pupils with special needs.

(2) Develop an individual program of professional preparation consisting of not less than 150 hours of study for each candidate to pursue professional development in the areas specified in subparagraphs (A) to (F), inclusive, of paragraph (1) and designed to assist the candidate in passing the assessment specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (e).

(3) Require each recipient of the CAP credential to complete the preservice training program specified in paragraph (1) and the preparation program specified in paragraph (2).

(d) Each CAP credential shall be issued initially and renewed for the following periods of time pending completion of the requirements of this section:

(1) The CAP credential shall be valid for two years to allow for completion of the requirements of subdivision (e).

(2) Upon the completion of the requirements of subdivision (e), the CAP credential shall, upon application, be renewed for two additional years to allow for completion of the requirements of subdivision (f).

(3) Upon completion of the two-year renewal period and completion of the requirements of subdivision (f), the holder of a CAP credential shall be eligible, upon application, for a professional clear teaching credential.

(e) Holders of a CAP credential shall meet the following requirements prior to receiving a two-year renewal of the CAP credential:

(1) Completion of the individual program of professional preparation offered pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (c).

(2) Demonstration of basic pedagogical skills by passing the teacher performance assessment that is adopted by the commission pursuant to Section 44320.2.

(f) Holders of a renewed CAP credential shall meet the following additional requirements prior to obtaining a professional clear credential:

(1) Participation in a two-year induction program, as specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (c) of Section 44259 or Section 44279.1, that is designed to extend the teacher's prior preparation and help the teacher prepare for the assessment requirement of paragraph (2).

(2) Demonstration of teaching competence by passing an assessment of the depth and breadth of the teacher's pedagogical knowledge, skills, and abilities that shall be adopted for this purpose by the commission.

(3) Establishment of subject matter competence pursuant to paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) of Section 44259.

(g) The commission may not accept new applications for the CAP credential after January 1, 2005.

(h) The commission shall report to the Legislature by February 1, 2004 on the following:

(1) The number of CAP credentials issued in each subject specified in Section 44257.

(2) The retention rates of candidates who receive a CAP credential.

(3) Recommendations for improvements to the CAP credential program.

(i) This section shall remain in effect until January 1, 2005, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2005, deletes or extends that date.

(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 737, Sec. 3.)

Reference:

Education Code 44525

Education Code 44257

Education Code 44259

Education Code 44279.1

Education Code 44320.2