Friday, August 04, 2006

NJ Eases Rules to Fill Special Education Jobs

The old state code required teachers to have six credits in special education courses before they could be eligible for special education certification and begin to teach special education students.But with a statewide shortage of special education teachers, many school districts were instead asking the state for emergency certifications to allow the teachers to begin teaching before they complete the courses.The new code allows the teachers to begin teaching special education students and enter the alternate route special education certification program simultaneously. State officials said that eliminates the need for emergency certifications and assures that the teachers are taking the required coursework while they teach.

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