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AB-681 Teacher credentialing: teacher preparation outside of the United States.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/15/2017 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 681


Introduced by Assembly Member Chau

February 15, 2017


An act to add Section 44275.5 to the Education Code, relating to teacher credentialing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 681, as introduced, Chau. Teacher credentialing: teacher preparation outside of the United States.
Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to, among other duties, establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits. Existing law requires the commission to issue a 5-year preliminary multiple subject teaching credential, a 5-year preliminary single subject teaching credential, or a 5-year preliminary education specialist credential to a teacher prepared in a country other than the United States who meets specified requirements.
Existing law provides that coursework, programs, or degrees completed at an institution of higher education outside of the United States are acceptable toward certification when the commission or an evaluating agency approved by the commission has determined that the institution’s coursework, programs, or degrees are equivalent to those offered by a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
This bill would authorize the commission to determine that the national standards for coursework, programs, or degrees in a country other than the United States are equivalent to those offered by a regionally accredited institution in the United States. The bill would provide that, if the commission determines that the other country’s national standards are equivalent, an individual who holds or is eligible for a credential in that country is presumed to have satisfied specified requirements for obtaining a credential.
The bill would authorize the commission to enter into an agreement with an evaluating agency as necessary to make a determination regarding another country’s national standards. The bill would also require the commission to adopt regulations necessary to implement these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 44275.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

44275.5.
 (a) In addition to the authority granted to the commission under Section 44275.4, the commission may determine that the national standards for coursework, programs, or degrees in a country other than the United States are equivalent to those offered by a regionally accredited institution in the United States. If the commission determines that the other country’s national standards are equivalent, an individual who holds or is eligible for a credential in that country is presumed to have satisfied the requirements of paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 44275.4.
(b) The commission may enter into an agreement with an evaluating agency as necessary to make a determination regarding another country’s national standards.
(c) The commission shall adopt regulations necessary to implement this section, including regulations that do both of the following:
(1) Establish uniform standards for making a determination regarding another country’s national standards.
(2) Prescribe the procedure by which a determination regarding another country’s national standards shall occur.