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Policy Issue: Teacher Prep/Initial Certification


2015 Special Education Content Knowledge

Yes. State requires special education teachers to earn a license appropriate to their intended grade level.: AL, IA, LA, MA, MD, ME, MO, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TN, WI, WV
Partially. State offers grade-specific and K-12 licenses.: CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, MN, MS, NE, NH, SC, SD, TX, WY
No. State offers only a K-12 license.: AK, AR, AZ, CA, FL, KY, MI, MT, NC, ND, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, UT, VA, VT, WA
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Yes. State requires an adequate elementary subject-matter test to earn an elementary special education license.: AL, LA, MA, MO, NJ, NY, PA, RI, WI
Partially. State requires an adequate elementary subject-matter test, but it permits candidates to earn an overly broad K-12 special education license.: CO, ID, IL, NC
No. State does not require an adequate test.: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WY
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Yes. State requires an adequate secondary subject-matter test.: NY, WI
Require a test in at least one subject, as part of a secondary special education license: LA, MA, NJ, PA, RI
Do not require a secondary subject-matter test: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WY
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  • Best Practices

    Unfortunately, NCTQ cannot award "best practice" honors to any state's policy in the area of special education. However, two states—New York and Rhode Island—are worthy of mention for taking steps in the right direction in ensuring that all special education teachers know the subject matter they are required to teach. Both states require that elementary special education candidates pass the same elementary content tests, which are comprised of individual subtests, as general education elementary teachers. Secondary special education teachers in New York must pass a multi-subject content test for special education teachers comprised of three separately scored sections. Rhode Island requires its secondary special education teachers to hold certification in another secondary area.



  • How States are Faring in Special Education Content Knowledge

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    Best Practice States

    3

    State Meets Goal

    LA , NY, RI

    5

    States Nearly Meet Goal

    AL, MO, NJ, PA, WV

    4

    States Meet Goal in Part

    ID, IA, MA, WI

    10

    States Meet a Small Part of Goal

    CO, DE, GA, IL, ME, MD, MI, NC, TN, VT

    29

    States Do Not Meet Goal

    AK, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DC, FL, HI, IN, KS, KY, MN, MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY

    Progress on this Goal Since 2013:

    • :1
    • :50
    • :0