Teacher Certification Requirements

The following tabs describe the certification requirements for teachers of bilingual education and ESL program courses.

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§ 29.061 - Bilingual Education and Special Language Program Teachers.

(a) The State Board for Educator Certification shall provide for the issuance of teaching certificates appropriate for bilingual education instruction to teachers who possess a speaking, reading, and writing ability in a language other than English in which bilingual education programs are offered and who meet the general requirements of Chapter 21. The board shall also provide for the issuance of teaching certificates appropriate for teaching English as a second language.  The board may issue emergency endorsements in bilingual education and in teaching English as a second language.

(b)  A teacher assigned to a bilingual education program must be appropriately certified for bilingual education by the board.

(c) A teacher assigned to an English as a second language program must be appropriately certified for English as a second language by the board

 

  • Grades PK-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

Students in Grades PK Through 5

Students in grades PK through 5 (or through 6, if grade 6 is clustered with elementary grades) who are counted for funding in the ESL education program must be served by ESL-certified staff.

Students in Grades 6 Through 8

Students in grades 6 through 8 (if grade 6 is not clustered with elementary grades (PK-5) must be served by at least one teacher who is certified in ESL for that grade level and is responsible for meeting the linguistic needs of the LEP students.

Students in Grades 9 Through 12

Students in grades 9 through 12 may be counted for funding in a bilingual/ESL program even if they are served by staff members who are not bilingual/ESL certified, only if they have received professional development in Sheltered Instruction. However, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL I)  and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL II) must be taught by teachers who have an English or English Language Arts certification plus an ESL or Bilingual certification.

 

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