State Board of Education to consider alternative pathways

The State Board of Education on Tuesday will consider a pilot program that would allow alternative pathways to becoming an elementary or special education teacher, including issuance of a Limited Apprentice license.

The proposal has been recommended by the Teacher Vacancy and Supply Committee.

Candidates would be issued a Limited Apprentice license as they meet the requirements of the program and would have to complete the approved program within two years. To be eligible they must have a college degree and be identified by the district as having great potential.

Under the proposal, the statewide pilot would be reviewed after two years.

Details of the qualifications of candidates and requirements of each alternative pathways in the pilot are below:

Elementary Education Pilot
1. Degree required (from regionally accredited university)
2. District identifies:
a. person with great potential; based on needs of district
3. Verify enrollment in an approved program
a. copy of the program plan of study would be required
b. program can be a traditional, accelerated or innovative program
4. Complete a Field Experience – Fall Semester (or 1st semester of program)
a. supervised by IHE
b. minimum of 8-10 hours per week for 8 weeks (or can be full-time para)
c. must cover both the primary and intermediate elementary
d. must be under the guidance and supervision of licensed teacher(s) during the entire field experience
e. concurrent enrollment in coursework from approved program (if not prior)
5. Spring Semester (or 2nd Semester of program/hire) – Issued a Limited Apprentice License a. must have completed the field experience requirements
b. hired as the elementary classroom teacher (Teacher of Record)
c. continued enrollment in coursework from the plan of study
d. begin formal approved mentor program
6. Must complete entire program within two years

High Incidence Special Education Pilot
1. Degree required (from regionally accredited university)
2. Must have at least one year as a paraprofessional
3. District identifies:
a. person with great potential; based on needs of district
4. Verify enrollment in an approved program for High Incidence SPED
a. copy of the program plan of study would be required
5. Fall Semester (or 1st semester of program)
a. continue employment as a paraprofessional
b. paired with a mentor
c. complete 6-9 credit hours of coursework from the approved program
6. Spring Semester (or 2nd Semester of program/hire) – Issued a Limited Apprentice License a. must have completed the credit hour requirement and employment as a para the 1st semester b. hired as the SPED teacher (Teacher of Record)
c. continued enrollment in coursework from the plan of study
d. begin formal approved mentor program
7. Must complete entire program within two years

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