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Section 8

ak dept education

special ed handbook
SECTION 8
SPECIAL EDUCATION – HIGHLY QUALIFIED REQUIREMENTS

Each district shall ensure that a teacher employed by the District is highly qualified by the beginning of the 2006 - 2007 school year.
  1. A special education teacher must:
    • have at least a baccalaureate degree
    • have full state certification (no waivers, emergencies, etc.)
    • be endorsed in special education and the following as applicable

  2. Elementary special education teachers may take one of the Elementary Praxis II tests if new to the profession or if experienced may build an Elementary HOUSSE.
    • Elementary Education Content Knowledge – 0014
    • Elementary Education, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment – 0011

  3. If the teacher is teaching to the alternate achievement standards, regardless of the age of student being taught, the teacher may take either of the Elementary Praxis II already in regulation.

  4. If the special education teacher is teaching multiple core academic areas, the teacher has to be highly qualified in all areas:
    • not-new teachers can build a multiple-subject HOUSSE
    • new teachers already highly qualified in Math, language arts, or science have up to 2 years after their employment to become highly qualified in the other areas in which they teach and can use a multiple subjects HOUSSE
    • new special education teachers not already highly qualified in math, language arts, or science when hired, must meet the provisions for new teachers

  5. As with other areas must build HOUSSE for content area, however, some professional development, coursework, awards, etc. may be counted in multiple HOUSSEs.

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