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§ 12-1202.1. Instructional certificate grade spans and age levels and duties of department

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. EducationEffective: January 25, 2021

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 1. Public School Code of 1949 (Refs & Annos)
Article XII. Certification of Teachers (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 25, 2021
24 P.S. § 12-1202.1
§ 12-1202.1. Instructional certificate grade spans and age levels and duties of department
(a) The following shall apply to special education certificates:
(1) Notwithstanding 22 Pa. Code § 49.85 (relating to limitations), the grade span and age levels for special education certificates issued after December 31, 2021, shall be prekindergarten through grade twelve or up to twenty-one (21) years of age. An additional content area shall not be required for a special education certificate issued in accordance with this section.
(1.1) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a teacher preparation program may permit an individual enrolled at an institution of higher education or in an approved alternative preparation program prior to December 31, 2021, and who remains continuously enrolled to complete the program for the grade level limitations provided under 22 Pa. Code § 49.85(a) and (b). The department may issue the appropriate Special Education-PK-8 or Special Education-7-12 certificates to an applicant who completes the program and meets all other certification requirements.
(2) Special education certificates issued in accordance with 22 Pa. Code § 49.85(a) and (b) shall remain valid for the term of the certificate.
(3) An individual holding Special Education-PK-8 and Special Education-7-12 level certificates issued in accordance with 22 Pa. Code § 49.85(b)(5) and (6) shall have the opportunity to expand the scope of the individual's certificate to meet the grade levels covered under paragraph (1) by a process determined by the Department of Education, which shall include, but not be limited to, continuing education credits or attaining qualifying scores on the assessment made available by the Department of Education for the specific certification level.
(b) The Department of Education shall have the following duties:
(1) Within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this subsection:1
(i) Notify all teacher preparation programs approved by the Department of Education, all individuals enrolled in these programs and all individuals holding an early childhood certificate under 22 Pa. Code § 49.85(b)(1) that an individual holding or seeking an early childhood certificate may, by attaining qualifying scores on the assessment made available by the Department of Education, extend the grade span for the individual's early childhood certificate to include grades five and six and include and maintain notice of the availability of the assessment on the publicly accessible Internet website of the Department of Education with other information describing certification requirements.
(ii) Create a notification form to inform an individual seeking an early childhood certificate after the effective date of this subsection that the individual may, by attaining qualifying scores on the assessment made available by the Department of Education, extend the grade span for the individual's early childhood certificate to include grades five and six. A teacher preparation program shall provide the form to all individuals seeking an early childhood certification.
(2) By March 1, 2019, and by March 1 of each year thereafter, issue a report to the Education Committee of the Senate, the Education Committee of the House of Representatives and the State Board of Education and post the report on the publicly accessible Internet website of the Department of Education that includes the following:
(i) The number of Instructional I Certificates issued, in total and subdivided by field of certification and teacher preparation program for each year beginning in 2010. This shall include certificates issued reciprocally for out-of-State teacher preparation programs.
(ii) The number of Instructional II Certificates issued, in total and subdivided by field of certification and teacher preparation program for each year beginning in 2010. This shall include certificates issued reciprocally for out-of-State teacher preparation programs.
(iii) The number of administrative certificates issued, in total and subdivided by field of certification and teacher preparation program for each year beginning in 2010. This shall include certificates issued reciprocally for out-of-State teacher preparation programs.
(iv) The number of emergency certificates issued, in total and subdivided by the local education agency by which the individual is employed and by field of certification for each year beginning in 2010.
(v) The number of individuals who have taken the assessment under paragraph (1) and who attained qualifying scores on the assessment since the assessment was made available by the Department of Education.
(c) The Joint State Government Commission shall conduct a study and issue a report subject to the following:
(1) The study shall analyze the following:
(i) The appropriateness of the fields of certification, including grade span and age level limitations, in improving student outcomes.
(ii) The creation or elimination of teaching certifications or endorsements.
(iii) National trends regarding grade span and age limitations of certification.
(2) The report shall be transmitted no later than June 1, 2019, to the following:
(i) The Governor.
(ii) The chairperson and minority chairperson of the Education Committee of the Senate.
(iii) The chairperson and minority chairperson of the Education Committee of the House of Representatives.

Credits

1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. XII, § 1202.1, added 2018, Oct. 19, P.L. 545, No. 82, § 1, imd. effective. Amended 2020, Nov. 25, P.L. 1294, No. 136, § 3, effective in 60 days [Jan. 25, 2020].

Footnotes

Subsec. (b) added by 2018, Oct. 19, P.L. 545, No. 82, § 1, imd. effective.
24 P.S. § 12-1202.1, PA ST 24 P.S. § 12-1202.1
Current through the end of the 2023 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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