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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Zachary
08/19/2021 10:46 am

My daughter had down syndrome. The school here in alabama has not had a certified special needs teacher in years. This year she doesn’t even have a teacher and they have no curriculum planned to try and meet her iep. That includes sign language but none of her teachers can sign. No matter who we talk to it doesn’t seem to change. Even the school boards only response is sorry we don’t have the funding.
What do I do?

Chuck
08/25/2021 2:15 pm
Reply to  Zachary

Your state parent training & information project, or disability Rights center can give you ideas on your options. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/

Admin
09/01/2021 12:01 pm
Reply to  Zachary

Zachary, Chuck is right. Each state has at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) that provides information and assistance to parents like you.

The school has no plan to help your child. You live in Alabama. Your state has a very active Parent Center. You need to contact them to request help.

The Alabama Parent Center website is http://www.alabamaparentcenter.com/
Phone numbers: (334) 567-2252
Toll-Free in Alabama: (866) 532-7660
Quick Contact form is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-ppVfBtePGVehVQ470SpvuqH7wp_mWHNNjH7kIqTw4FGBnA/viewform

Please contact them ASAP. You and your daughter need help NOW. You are fortunate to have several excellent special education attorneys in Alabama. If you need a referral, please let us know. But first, contact the Alabama Parent Center.

Please keep us posted.
Pam Wright

Sharon
07/19/2021 5:18 pm

Can a Teacher’s Assistant write an IEP?

Chuck
07/20/2021 1:12 pm
Reply to  Sharon

Not sure what you are asking. An IEP is developed by the required IEP members in a meeting. An aide could be there and record the decisions on the IEP form. They could help write goals, & objectives that they have information on, but ultimately the team is responsible for developing an appropriate IEP.

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