1| STATE OF OKLAHOMA | | | 2| 1st Session of the 56th Legislature (2017) | | | 3|COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE | |FOR | 4|HOUSE BILL NO. 1206 By: Casey | | | 5| | | | 6| | | | 7| COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE | | | 8| An Act relating to education; amending 70 O.S. 2011, | | Section 6-187, as last amended by Section 31, Chapter | 9| 54, O.S.L. 2015 (70 O.S. Supp. 2016, Section 6-187), | | which relates to competency examinations; providing | 10| for additional certification of special education | | teachers in certain instances; and providing an | 11| effective date. | | | 12| | | | 13| | | | 14|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA: | | | 15| SECTION 1. AMENDATORY 70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-187, as | | | 16|last amended by Section 31, Chapter 54, O.S.L. 2015 (70 O.S. Supp. | | | 17|2016, Section 6-187), is amended to read as follows: | | | 18| Section 6-187. A. Prior to July 1, 2014, a competency | | | 19|examination shall be adopted by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher | | | 20|Preparation and beginning July 1, 2014, a competency examination | | | 21|shall be adopted by the Commission for Educational Quality and | | | 22|Accountability for the general education, professional education and | | | 23|various subject areas and grade levels for purposes of ensuring | | | 24|academic achievement and competency of each teacher candidate or | | | Req. No. 7215 Page 1 ___________________________________________________________________________
1|teacher in the subject area the person is seeking certification to | | | 2|teach which shall also include certification as an administrator, as | | | 3|prescribed by the State Board of Education. | | | 4| The Commission, consistent with the purposes of this section, | | | 5|shall promulgate rules and procedures to guarantee the | | | 6|confidentiality of examinations. | | | 7| B. No teacher candidate shall be eligible for certification | | | 8|until successfully completing the competency examination except | | | 9|those candidates who make application to the State Board and meet | | | 10|the criteria for the alternative placement program pursuant to | | | 11|Section 6-122.3 of this title. Certification shall be limited to | | | 12|areas of approval in which the certified teacher has successfully | | | 13|completed the examination. Subject to the provisions of subsection | | | 14|C of this section, testing for certification for subjects in which a | | | 15|teacher candidate or teacher is seeking a minor teaching assignment | | | 16|or an endorsement to teach shall be limited to the specific subject | | | 17|area test. | | | 18| A teacher candidate or teacher may take the general education, | | | 19|professional education or subject area portions of the examination | | | 20|subject to any limit imposed by the Commission. | | | 21| C. 1. Except as otherwise provided for in this subsection, a | | | 22|teacher may be certified in as many areas as the teacher meets the | | | 23|necessary requirements provided by law and has successfully | | | 24|completed the subject area portion of the examination. | | | Req. No. 7215 Page 2 ___________________________________________________________________________
1| 2. Except as otherwise provided for in this paragraph, | | | 2|certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education | | | 3|shall require completion of an appropriate teacher education program | | | 4|approved by the Commission. | | | 5| Any teacher who is certified to teach elementary education may | | | 6|be certified in early childhood education upon meeting the | | | 7|requirements provided in law and successful completion of the | | | 8|appropriate subject area portion of the examination. Any teacher | | | 9|who is certified to teach early childhood education may be certified | | | 10|in elementary education upon meeting the requirements provided in | | | 11|law and successful completion of the appropriate subject area | | | 12|portion of the examination. Any special education teacher who | | | 13|becomes certified to teach through completion of an accredited | | | 14|teacher preparation program may be certified in early childhood or | | | 15|elementary education upon meeting the requirements provided in law | | | 16|and successful completion of the appropriate subject portion of the | | | 17|examination. Any teacher who becomes certified to teach through | | | 18|completion of an accredited teacher preparation program or becomes | | | 19|alternatively certified to teach through the Troops to Teachers | | | 20|program may be certified in special education upon meeting the | | | 21|requirements provided in law and successful completion of the | | | 22|appropriate subject area portion of the examination. Any special | | | 23|education teacher who has not completed a Commission-approved | | | 24|teacher education program in elementary education or early childhood | | | Req. No. 7215 Page 3 ___________________________________________________________________________
1|but who has successfully completed the subject area portion of the | | | 2|examination may be certified in elementary education or early | | | 3|childhood for the purpose of providing direct instruction and | | | 4|serving as the teacher of record for grading purposes in special | | | 5|education settings only. | | | 6| D. The Commission shall offer the competency examination at | | | 7|least four times per calendar year on dates to be established by the | | | 8|Commission. | | | 9| E. If a teacher candidate or teacher is a non-native-English | | | 10|speaker, the Commission shall offer the subject area competency | | | 11|examination in the native language of the teacher candidate or | | | 12|teacher only if the teacher candidate or teacher is employed or has | | | 13|been offered employment by a school district as a teacher in a | | | 14|foreign language immersion program offered by the school district. | | | 15|If a non-native-English speaker who has received certification in a | | | 16|subject area after taking the subject area competency examination in | | | 17|the native language of the speaker seeks to add a certification area | | | 18|in the future and that person is no longer employed as a teacher in | | | 19|a foreign language immersion program, the examination for the | | | 20|additional certification area shall be taken in English. The State | | | 21|Board of Education shall issue a restricted license or certificate | | | 22|to any teacher who has completed a subject area competency | | | 23|examination in the native language of the teacher as provided for in | | | 24| | | | Req. No. 7215 Page 4 ___________________________________________________________________________
1|this subsection restricting the teacher to teaching only in a | | | 2|foreign language immersion program. | | | 3| F. Nothing in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act shall | | | 4|restrict the right of the State Board of Education to issue an | | | 5|emergency or provisional certificate, as needed. Provided, however, | | | 6|prior to the issuance of an emergency certificate, the district | | | 7|shall document substantial efforts to employ a teacher who holds a | | | 8|provisional or standard certificate. In the event a district is | | | 9|unable to hire an individual meeting this criteria, the district | | | 10|shall document efforts to employ an individual with a provisional or | | | 11|standard certificate in another curricular area with academic | | | 12|preparation in the field of need. Only after these alternatives | | | 13|have been exhausted shall the district be allowed to employ an | | | 14|individual meeting minimum standards as established by the State | | | 15|Board of Education for the issuance of emergency certificates. | | | 16| SECTION 2. This act shall become effective November 1, 2017. | | | 17| | | | 18| 56-1-7215 SD 03/01/17 | | | 19| | | | 20| | | | 21| | | | 22| | | | 23| | | | 24| | | | Req. No. 7215 Page 5© 2010-18 eCapitol, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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