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AB-1087 Teacher credentialing: services credential with a specialization in occupational therapy or physical therapy services.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 44268.2 is added to the Education Code, to read:

44268.2.
 (a) The commission shall develop a services credential with a specialization in occupational therapy or physical therapy services. The minimum requirements for the services credential with a specialization in occupational therapy or physical therapy services shall include all of the following:
(1) A baccalaureate degree or higher degree from an accredited institution.
(2) A fifth year, or its equivalent, including, but not limited to, postgraduate continuing education or fieldwork, of college or university education in occupational therapy or physical therapy.
(3) A valid license issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy or the Physical Therapy Board of California.
(4) Such specialized and professional preparation as the commission may require.
(b) Nothing in this section shall prevent a school district from contracting with a third-party provider to supply occupational therapy or physical therapy services not provided by school district staff.
(c) (1) The services credential with a specialization in occupational therapy or physical therapy services shall become effective not less than five years after the commission determines the minimum requirements for the services credential. The commission shall determine the effective date of the services credential.
(2) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), on the effective date of the services credential established by the commission, any person with at least five years of experience providing occupational therapy or physical therapy services in a public school setting shall be eligible to apply for the services credential with a specialization in occupational therapy or physical therapy services if that person does all of the following:
(A) Provides to the commission positive performance evaluations from the person’s two most recent years providing occupational therapy or physical therapy services in a public school setting.
(B) Holds a valid license issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy or the Physical Therapy Board of California.
(C) Fulfills the state basic skills proficiency requirement pursuant to Section 44252.
(D) Passes a professional fitness review by the commission pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 44240).

SEC. 2.

 Section 44270 of the Education Code is amended to read:

44270.
 (a) The minimum requirements for the preliminary services credential with a specialization in administrative services are all of the following:
(1) Possession of one of the following:
(A) A valid teaching credential requiring the possession of a baccalaureate degree and a professional preparation program including student teaching.
(B) A valid designated subjects career technical education, adult education, or special subjects teaching credential, as specified in Section 44260, 44260.1, 44260.2, 44260.3, or 44260.4, provided the candidate also possesses a baccalaureate degree.
(C) A valid services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel, health, or  clinical or rehabilitative services, or occupational therapy or physical therapy services,  as specified in Section 44266, 44267, 44267.5, or  44268, or 44268.2, or  a valid services credential authorizing service as a teacher librarian, as specified in Section 44269.
(D) A valid credential issued under the laws, rules, and regulations in effect on or before December 31, 1971, which authorizes the same areas as in subparagraphs (B) and (C).
(2) Completion of a minimum of three years of successful, full-time classroom teaching experience in the public schools, including, but not limited to, service in state- or county-operated schools, or in private schools of equivalent status or three years of experience in the fields of pupil personnel, health, clinical or rehabilitative, or librarian services.
(3) Completion of an entry-level program of specialized and professional preparation in administrative services approved by the commission or a one-year internship in a program of supervised training in administrative services, approved by the commission as satisfying the requirements for the preliminary services credential with a specialization in administrative services.
(4) Current employment in an administrative position after completion of professional preparation as defined in paragraph (3), whether full or part time, in a public school or private school of equivalent status. The commission shall encourage school districts to consider the recency of preparation or professional growth in school administration as one of the criteria for employment.
(b) The preliminary administrative services credential shall be valid for a period of five years from the date of initial employment in an administrative position, whether full or part time, and shall not be renewable.
(c) A candidate who completed, by September 30, 1984, the requirements for the administrative services credential in effect on June 30, 1982, is eligible for the credential authorized under those requirements. All other candidates shall satisfy the requirements set forth in this section.