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Vista 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 that specifically authorizes him/her to teach students with that primary disability within the program placement recommended in the students' individualized education program (IEP). (5 CCR 80046.5, 80048.7)

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

The district may employ a person with an appropriate district internship 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 internship program. (Education Code 44325, 44326, 44830.3)

Resource Specialists

The district shall employ certificated resource specialists to provide services for students with disabilities which shall include, but not be limited to: (Education Code 56362)

1. Providing instruction and services to students whose needs have been identified in an IEP and who are assigned to regular classroom teachers for a majority of the school day

A student shall not be enrolled in a resource specialist program for a majority of a school day without approval by the student's IEP team.

2. Providing information and assistance to students with disabilities and their parents/guardians

3. Providing consultation, resource information, and material regarding students with disabilities to their parents/guardians and regular education staff members

4. Coordinating special education services with the regular school programs for each student with disabilities enrolled in the resource specialist program

5. Monitoring student progress on a regular basis, participating in the review and revision of IEPs as appropriate, and referring students who do not demonstrate sufficient progress to the IEP team

6. At the secondary school level, emphasizing academic achievement, career and vocational development, and preparation for adult life

Resource specialists shall not simultaneously be assigned to serve as resource specialists and to teach regular classes. (Education Code 56362)

The district's resource specialist program shall be under the direction of a resource specialist who possesses the qualifications specified in Education Code 56362 and 5 CCR 80070.8. (Education Code 56362)


No resource specialist shall have a caseload which exceeds 28 students. As necessary and with the agreement of the resource specialist, the Board may request a waiver from the State Board of Education to increase the caseload to no more than 32 students, provided that an individual resource specialist does not have a caseload exceeding 28 students for more than two school years and has the assistance of an instructional aide at least five hours daily during the period of the waiver. (Education Code 56362, 56362.1; 5 CCR 3100)

(cf. 1431 - Waivers)

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.21 - Interns)

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

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

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

Legal Reference:


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

56441.7 Maximum caseload; language, speech, and hearing specialists serving children ages 3-5


3051.1 Language, speech and hearing development and remediation; appropriate credential

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

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

80048-80048.9.3 Credential requirements and authorizations

80070.1-80070.8 Resource specialist certificate of competence


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


200.55-200.57 Highly qualified teachers

300.8 Definition of autism

300.18 Highly qualified special education teachers

300.156 Special education personnel requirements

Management Resources:


Handbook on Developing and Implementing Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Services, 2001


10-15 Alternative Route to Provide Special Education Services to Students with Autism, September 7, 2010

10-13 Approval of Title 5 Regulations Pertaining to Special Education Services Credentials, July 21, 2010

10-12 Approval of Title 5 Regulations Pertaining to Special Education Teaching Credentials Requirements, July 21, 2010

09-16 Approval of Additions to Title 5 Regulations Pertaining to Added Authorizations in Special Education, July 23, 2009

09-15 Approval of Amendments to Title 5 Regulations Pertaining to General and Special Education Limited Assignment Teaching Permits, July 23, 2009

08-13 Alternative Route to Provide Special Education Services to Students with Autism Ages Three and 4, October 9, 2008


Education Specialist Teaching and Other Related Services Credential Program Standards, September 2010


California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Education Teachers:

California Department of Education, Special Education:

California Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing:


approved: October 21, 2010 Vista, California