SB 0607 Establishes an alternative teacher certification program
LR Number:2038S.01I Fiscal Note:2038-01
Last Action:03/28/01 - Hearing Conducted S Education Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SB 607 - This act requires the State Board of Education to establish an alternative teacher certification program. Any state-approved teacher education program may apply to participate along with one or more school districts.

Candidates selected for the program must have a Bachelor's degree in a certifiable area, demonstrate English proficiency and have basic skills needed to become a successful teacher.

A candidate shall hold employment for 2 years as a teacher. The teacher must commit to teach for two years and the district shall pay all tuition costs. A candidate shall complete all requirements in a Professional Development Plan. A candidate shall participate in required seminars and meet regularly with a district "mentor" and staff from the teacher education program.

Upon completion of all requirements, the teacher education program shall recommend the candidate for teaching certification.