Highly Qualified Teachers: NON-CERTIFIED SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

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Peter: I had an ARD meeting and I seemed to know more about special education procedures than the teacher. I looked up his certification and it has expired 3 years ago. What do I do?

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Lee
08/30/2020 8:53 pm

Hi, I am a biology certified 9-12 teacher who was assigned to teach subjects in which i am not certified – chem and physics. First, this to me is against TEC because I don’t have the required 15 hours in each of those subjects. Second, I have special populations (504, SPED, LEP). I do not think I should be completing modifications and accommodations for these students when I am not certified in that subject. Please advise.

Chuck
09/01/2020 2:50 pm
Reply to  Lee

I assume you have discussed this situation with the principal. Even if you take this above the principal, it is doubtful they will change your assignment. Asking for training & support, shows that you are trying to be a team player, & support the students, & campus. The federal special ed law recognizes that often teachers do not have the training & support needed to address the student’s needs, & IEP. I think an experienced special ed teacher spending time with you now & thru out the year would be a request to start with. A request could be sent to the principal, special ed director, & perhaps 504 & LEP coordinators. TEC = TX Education Code??

Chuck
10/05/2016 2:25 pm

I am not sure why his certificate would expire, unless it is some type of temporary certificate. The special ed office would have to answer why it has expired, & if he is working under another certification. TEA is not always quick in issuing new certificates.
To me the issue is whether the ARD/IEP team is addressing all of your child’s needs. I work with the TX parent training & information project. We have staff through out the state who can assist you. You can find the staff person for your area at: http://www.PartnersTx.org