(a) The commission shall develop and administer examinations on which a teacher can demonstrate his or her competence in the knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching of limited-English-proficient pupils. For the purpose of demonstrating the competencies specified in paragraphs (5) and (6) of subdivision (c) in languages for which the commission has developed no examinations, the commission may establish guidelines for approving assessments performed by organizations that are expert in the language and culture assessed.
(b) To the extent possible, the scope and content of the examinations shall be congruent with the scope and content of the commission-approved professional preparation programs for prospective teachers of limited-English-proficient pupils.
(c) The scope and content of the examinations shall consist of the professional skills and knowledge that are determined by the commission to be necessary for effective teaching of limited-English-proficient pupils, and shall include, but need not be limited to, the following domains of professional knowledge and skill:
(1) First- and second-language development and the structure of language.
(2) Methodology of English language development and specially designed content instruction in English.
(3) Culture and cultural diversity.
(4) Methodology of content instruction in the pupil's primary language.
(5) The culture associated with a specific language group.
(6) Competence in a language other than English that is spoken by limited-English-proficient pupils in California.
(d) In the development of the examinations, the commission shall confer with selected professionals who are knowledgeable and experienced in the education of limited-English-proficient pupils, with colleges and universities that prepare teachers for limited-English-proficient pupils, and with the State Department of Education.
(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 157, Sec. 1.)