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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

To:                                           Higher Education Committee

From:                                      Joseph P. Frey

Subject:                                  Adolescence Level Teacher Certification Restructuring for Students with Disabilities

Date:                                       August 31, 2010

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SUMMARY

Issue for Discussion

Should the Board of Regents proceed with revisions to the adolescence level teacher certification structure for students with disabilities to ensure an adequate supply of such teachers and that they are prepared to collaboratively teach multiple subjects?

Reason(s) for Consideration

Review of Policy.

Proposed Handling

This item is being presented to the Higher Education Committee for discussion at its September 2010 meeting.

Background Information

As part of your ongoing review of Regents teaching policy, since February 2007 the Board has discussed at six meetings the need of students with disabilities, especially at the adolescence level, to have both an adequate supply of teachers and special educators prepared to teach to the learning standards. On four separate occasions Department staff sought and received feedback from the field and has engaged various constituency groups in discussions and recommendations regarding the restructuring of students with disabilities teacher certificates.  There was limited stakeholder consensus regarding the restructuring.  In March 2010, the Board discussed recommendations centered on revisions to adolescence level students with disabilities certification.

Recommendation

To implement the proposed recommendations, amendments to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education will be proposed for emergency adoption in October 2010 as follows:

 

 

 

 

Consistent with our recommendations and reporting to the Board in April 2010, the Department will continue to support other regulatory and non regulatory means to provide qualified special educators at the adolescence level.

Timeline

With Regents approval, we will adopt proposed regulations on an emergency basis in October 2010 and will permanently adopt these regulations in December 2010, with an effective date of January 5, 2011.