Highly Qualified Requirements
for
Exceptional Student Education Teachers
What’s New?
February 15, 2006
No Child Left Behind
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NCLB is an act designed to close the
achievement gap with accountability,
flexibility and choice so that no child is left
behind
All children must have a fair, equal and
significant opportunity to obtain a highquality education and meet proficiency on
state academic standards and state
academic assessments
Teacher quality is a key component of
student learning
Law includes definition of Highly Qualified
Teacher (HQT)
Subject content knowledge emphasized
WHY?
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Federal Title II monitoring visit
indicated that Florida had not
met the highly qualified
requirement for some
elementary ESE teachers.
WHEN?
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NCLB was enacted January 8,
2002
Beginning 2002-03 school year,
Title I schools were required to
hire teachers in core subject
areas that are highly qualified
All other teachers must be HQ
no later than June 30, 2006
WHO?
PreK ESE Teachers if teaching
combination class of PreK and K
or higher
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NCLB is triggered and the teacher
must meet the highly qualified
requirements for elementary in
addition to ESE
WHO?
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ESE teachers who are the
teacher of record and teach
an elementary core
academic subject.
NCLB Core Academic Subjects
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English
Civics
Reading
Government
Language Arts
Economics
Math
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Arts (Music, Drama & Art)
Science
History
Foreign
Languages
Geography
Elementary ESE Courses
that trigger HQT…
7755010 – Academics: K-5
 7755030 – Academic Skills: K-5
 7755040 – Advanced Academics:
K-5
 7755050 – Developmental Skills:
K-5
 7701010 – Art: K-5
 7710010 – Language Arts: K-5
 7710020 – Reading: K-5
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Elementary ESE Courses
that trigger HQT (cont …)
7710030 – Communications: K-5
 7710040 – Spelling: K-5
 7710050 – Writing: K-5
 7712010 – Math: K-5
 7713010 – Music: K-5
 7720010 – Science: K-5
 7721010 – Social Studies: K-5
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Definitions
New Teachers
- less than one year of teaching
experience (not tied to year of
employment)
Experienced Teachers
- one or more years of full-time
teaching experience
New ESE Teachers
Elementary (Grades K-6)
Requirement 1
A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited
or approved institution.
AND
Requirement 2
A valid Florida three-year Temporary or five-year
Professional Certificate in an appropriate
exceptional student education area(s) to match
the ESE table in the Florida Course Code
Directory.
AND
Requirement 3
Option 1:
A passing score on the Florida K-6, 1-6, or PK-3 subject
area exam (SAE) appropriate for the elementary grade
level(s) assigned.
or
Option 2:
A valid Florida Professional Certificate appropriate for the
elementary grade levels assigned (requires a Florida SAE or
reciprocity from another state).
or
Option 3:
A valid American Board for Certification of Teacher
Excellence (ABCTE) Passport Certificate in Elementary
Education.
(A passing SAE or valid ABCTE Certificate also establishes
eligibility for certification in elementary education.)
Experienced ESE Teachers
Elementary (Grades K-6)
Requirement 1
A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited
or approved institution.
AND
Requirement 2
A valid Florida three-year Temporary or five-year
Professional Certificate in an appropriate
exceptional student education area(s) to match
the ESE table in the Florida Course Code
Directory.
AND
Requirement 3
Option 1:
A passing score on the Florida K-6, 1-6, or PK-3 subject
area exam (SAE) appropriate for the elementary grade
level(s) assigned.
or
Option 2:
Meet the requirements for a HOUSSE plan that is
appropriate for the elementary grade level(s) assigned.
or
Option 3:
A valid ABCTE Passport Certificate in Elementary
Education or an Early (PreK-Primary) or Middle
Childhood (Elementary Education) Generalist National
Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
Certificate.
(A passing SAE, valid ABCTE, or valid NBPTS Certificate
also establishes eligibility for certification in the subject.)
WHO?
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K-12 ESE teachers who teach
core academic subjects
exclusively to students who are
assessed against alternate
achievement standards
(students with significant
cognitive impairments)
WHAT?
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Are required to meet the highly
qualified requirement for
elementary teachers or
core academic subject areas
appropriate for the level of
instruction provided and
the appropriate certification in
ESE to match the ESE table in
the Course Code Directory
WHEN?
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New ESE teachers 2 years after their
date of employment to demonstrate
subject matter competency, in the
other subjects taught if they teach
multiple core academic subjects
exclusively to ESE students, and if
those teachers have already met the
requirements in math, language arts,
or science.
Middle Grades (6-8) ESE courses
that trigger HQT …
7855010 – Academics: 6-8
 7855030 – Academic Skills: 6-8
 7855040 – Advanced Academics:
6-8
 7855050 – Developmental Skills:
6-8
 7810010 – Language Arts: 6-8
 7810020 – Reading: 6-8
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Middle Grades (6-8) ESE courses
that trigger HQT (cont…)
7810030 – Communications: 6-8
 7812010 – Mathematics: 6-8
 7820010 – Science: 6-8
 7821010 – Social Studies: 6-8
 7801010 – Visual and Performing
Arts: 6-8
 7813010 – Music: 6-8
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High School (9-12) ESE courses
that trigger HQT …
7910100 – Reading: 9-12
 7910110 – English: 9-12
 7910390 – Communications: 9-12
 7910400 – Life Skills Reading: 912
 7912050 – Math: 9-12
 7912340 – Life Skills Math: 9-12
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High School (9-12) ESE courses
that trigger HQT (cont…)
7920010 – Science: 9-12
 7921010 – Social Studies: 9-12
 7961010 – Academic Skills for
Functional Living
 7961020 – Communication Skills
for Functional Living
 7962010 – Cognitive and
Linguistic Skills
 7967010 – Visual and Performing
Arts
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ESE Academic Courses
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Students with disabilities who
are participating in the FCAT
and are on a standard diploma
track should only be enrolled in
ESE academic courses when
those courses are used to
provide remediation, not primary
instruction.
Ways To Determine Level of
Instruction for
Secondary Students
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IEPs
Course descriptions
Classroom curriculum
Instructional materials used in
classroom
Case-by-case, class-by-class
New ESE Teachers
Secondary (Grades 7-12)
Requirement 1
A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited
or approved institution.
AND
Requirement 2
A valid Florida three-year Temporary or five-year
Professional Certificate in an appropriate
exceptional student education area(s) to match
the ESE table in the Course Code Directory.
AND
Requirement 3
Option 1:
A passing score on the Florida K-6 or 1-6 subject area exam if
appropriate for the level of instruction in the subject matter
knowledge being provided. or
Option 2:
A valid Florida Professional Certificate in elementary education if
appropriate for the level of instruction in the subject matter
knowledge being provided (requires a Florida SAE or reciprocity
from another state).
or
Option 3:
A valid American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence
(ABCTE) Passport Certificate in Elementary Education if
appropriate for the level of instruction in the subject matter
knowledge being provided.
(A passing SAE or valid ABCTE Certificate also establishes
eligibility for certification in elementary education.)
or
Option 4:
Certification appropriate for the middle/secondary core academic
subject(s) assigned.
Experienced ESE Teachers
(Grades 7-12)
Requirement 1
A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited
or approved institution.
AND
Requirement 2
A valid Florida three-year Temporary or five-year
Professional Certificate in an appropriate
exceptional student education area(s) to match
the ESE table in the Course Code Directory.
AND
Requirement 3
Option 1:
A passing score on the Florida K-6 or 1-6 subject
area exam if appropriate for the level of
instruction in the subject matter knowledge
being provided.
or
Option 2:
Certification appropriate for the middle/secondary
core academic subject(s) assigned.
or
Option 3:
Meet the requirements for a HOUSSE plan
appropriate for ESE certified teachers of Core
Academic Elementary Education or Core
Academic Middle/Secondary Education
Courses.
Consultation, Co-teaching,
and Support Facilitation
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The general education teacher who
is certified in the core academic
subject area is considered the
content expert and must be HQ
The special education teacher is the
provider of strategies and methods
to assist students and is considered
highly qualified if they meet the
requirements for certification on the
ESE table in the Course Code
Directory
HOUSSE Option
Requirements
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Experienced teacher
Total 100 points or more
Signed by teacher and district
official
Copy in personnel file
Supporting documentation at
district office
Components of HOUSSE
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Full-time teaching experience in
elementary education or the core
content areas
Successful performance evaluation
College credit in the core academic
courses
Professional development in the core
content area
Awards/Recognition for core content
area
Student learning GAINS – Math or
English-Language Arts for grades 4 - 10
Florida In-field Designation
A revision has been made to Rule
6A-1.0503, FAC, that adds
documentation of meeting
requirements for the NCLB highly
qualified designation via the
HOUSSE plan as a method for
being defined as a qualified,
infield teacher.
What help is available?
Professional Development
Opportunities
Dual Certification Pilot
Programs at Universities
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Two universities developed dual
certification pilot programs
funded with State Improvement
Grant dollars
Graduates will be eligible for
certification in ESE and a
secondary subject area
University sites are:
 UCF and USF-St. Pete
Virtual ESE Distance Learning
Program
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Collaborative effort among
universities in Florida
Provides graduate courses in
special education
On-Line delivery system
PDA – ESE
Professional Development
Alternatives for Exceptional Student
Educators (PDA-ESE) is a DOE
initiative developed to deliver
specialized training for teachers of
students with disabilities. PDA-ESE
utilizes online modules and local
facilitators to provide statewide
accessible professional
development.
Middle Grades
Integrated Curriculum
On-Line Study Module
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This module is designed to
assist educators who are
preparing to take the
certification exam for Middle
Grades Integrated Curriculum.
There are no facilitators – this is
a self-paced study module.
New Elementary Education
On-Line Study Module Planned
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Self-paced study module for
elementary K-6 subject area
exam being developed.
Plan to roll out in fall 2006.
For additional information on
PDA-ESE and other MGIC,
contact
Content questions:
 Mary Ann [email protected] or
 Sue [email protected]
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Phone: 386-312-2265
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www.pda-ese.org
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http://FDLRSHRD.NEFEC.org/IC/
Technical Assistance
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December 8, 2005, John Winn memo and
attachments: Update on Highly
Qualified Teacher Requirements for
Exceptional Student Education
(ESE) Teachers http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb
/Get/Document-3409/ese_memo.pdf
http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb
/Get/Document-3410/ese_att1.pdf
http://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb
/Get/Document-3411/ese_att2.pdf
For Additional Information on
ESE HQT, contact
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Evy Friend, Administrator
[email protected]
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Lezlie Cline, Program Director
[email protected]
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Phone: (850) 245-0478
Fax: (850) 245-0955
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Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
325 W Gaines St. Suite 601 Turlington
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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