CEA Teacher Development Specialist Kate Field testified before the State Board of Education today on streamlining the state’s PD requirements.
CEA staff testified before the State Board of Education (SBE) today on two issues important to teachers and public schools: professional development and teacher preparation/certification.
CEA, which is now a State Department of Education designated provider of PD for members, schools, and districts, served on a task force that recommended changes to professional development legislation, allowing districts greater flexibility to offer more meaningful PD instead of strictly compliance-based training. Read more
A law that just went into effect will impact teachers getting their first Connecticut educator certificate on or after July 1, 2016, but educators who already hold a Connecticut educator certificate will not be impacted.
In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly passed new legislation requiring a master’s degree to advance most provisional level educator certificates to the professional level. Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-145b (g), state that “on or after July 1, 2016, to qualify for a professional educator certificate, a person who holds or has held a provisional educator certificate… shall hold a master’s degree in an appropriate subject matter area, as determined by the State Board of Education, related to such teacher’s certification endorsement area.” Read more
CEA Policy Director Linette Branham told the State Board of Education that CEA cannot support the master’s degree proposal as it stands.
Though the State Board of Education (SBE) gave initial approval to changes to the master’s degree requirement impacting professional level certification at its meeting yesterday, the final decision about what constitutes an “appropriate subject area master’s related to a teacher’s certification endorsement” won’t be made until the SBE meets in February. A small group of education stakeholders will meet in the interim to iron out important issues that still need clarification before changes go into effect.
Linette Branham, CEA director of policy, practices, research, and reform, told the SBE that CEA was part of the initial, but not final, feedback group regarding the new master’s degree proposal and has always had concerns about the interpretation of the statutory requirement included in the 2012 Education Reform Bill. Read more
If you’re working under an endorsement that is considered a shortage area you may be eligible for benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance. Every fall the Connecticut State Department of Education surveys public school districts to determine teacher shortage areas.
The State Department of Education recently released the Certification Shortage Areas for 2014-15, which are as follows: Read more