Certification Updates – October 2018

Published: October 18th, 2018

International Exchange Teachers

House Bill 2253 removed the two-year limitation on the employment of foreign teachers who are participating in a teacher exchange program and working under a J-1 or Q-1 visa.  In response to this new legislation, the Board approved the following changes to the Standard Foreign Teaching Certificate:

  • The name of the certificate has been changed from Standard Foreign Teaching Certificate to International Teaching Certificate.
  • The International Teaching Certificate will be issued to the length of the certificate holder’s J-1 or Q-1 visa and may be extended if the J-1 or Q-1 visa is extended.
  • The English proficiency examination requirement has been removed.

Teachers who are currently certified with a Standard Foreign Teaching certificate may continue to use the certificate until its expiration.   Standard Foreign Teaching certificate holders may apply for the new International Teaching Certificate if they are continuing to participate in a teacher exchange program.

Special Education Exam Requirements

The Board approved changes to the exam requirements for the Standard Professional Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, and Early Childhood Special Education certificates.  A transition period was also approved which will allow applicants to use either the previous exams or the new exams if their application is submitted on or before October 1, 2019.   The table below illustrates the new exam requirements.

SPED Exam Requirement Table

School Counselor Certificate

The Board approved the following changes to the Guidance Counselor Certificate:

  • The name of the certificate has been changed from “Standard Guidance Counselor, PreK-12” to “Standard School Counselor, PreK-12”.
  • The rule allows school counselors to use continuing education in the area of college and career readiness to recognize that school counselors have different professional development needs than that of other certified educators.