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Senate Bill 1804

Senate Bill sb1804

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 1804

    By Senator Atwater





    25-1264-04                                          See HB 471

  1                      A bill to be entitled

  2         An act relating to community colleges; creating

  3         s. 1004.85, F.S.; authorizing community

  4         colleges to create teacher institutes;

  5         authorizing community colleges through teacher

  6         institutes to offer competency-based

  7         alternative teacher certification programs;

  8         requiring Department of Education approval of

  9         such programs; providing requirements for

10         program completion; providing eligibility for

11         funding; providing program requirements;

12         authorizing rulemaking; amending s. 1012.56,

13         F.S.; providing that successful completion of a

14         community college alternative certification

15         program meets certain educator certification

16         requirements; providing an effective date.

17  

18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

19  

20         Section 1.  Section 1004.85, Florida Statutes, is

21  created to read:

22         1004.85  Community college teacher institutes.--

23         (1)  Community colleges are authorized to create

24  teacher institutes for the purpose of providing any or all of

25  the following:

26         (a)  Professional development instruction to assist

27  teachers in improving classroom instruction and in meeting

28  certification or recertification requirements.

29         (b)  Instruction to assist potential and existing

30  substitute teachers in performing their duties.

31  

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 1804
    25-1264-04                                          See HB 471




 1         (c)  Instruction to assist paraprofessionals in meeting

 2  education and training requirements.

 3         (d)  Instruction for baccalaureate degree holders to

 4  become certified teachers as provided in this section.

 5         (2)  Community colleges may offer alternative

 6  certification programs specifically designed for noneducation

 7  major baccalaureate degree holders to enable program

 8  participants to meet the educator certification requirements

 9  of s. 1012.56. Such programs shall be provided at community

10  college teacher institutes created pursuant to this section

11  and shall be competency-based teacher certification

12  preparation programs that prepare teachers through an

13  alternative route. Such educator preparation programs are

14  intended for mid-career professionals, dislocated

15  professionals, and other baccalaureate degree holders who want

16  to become teachers in this state. A community college choosing

17  to offer an alternative certification program shall implement

18  a program previously approved by the Department of Education

19  for this purpose or a program developed by the community

20  college and approved by the Department of Education for this

21  purpose. Approved programs shall be available for

22  implementation statewide.

23         (a)  A community college program shall be approved by

24  the Department of Education if the community college provides

25  sufficient evidence of the following:

26         1.  The program must be administered in collaboration

27  with other institutions, agencies, or organizations and must

28  be provided with leadership through an advisory committee

29  composed of nationally certified teachers, representatives

30  from the district school board or boards, and currently

31  employed teachers.

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 1804
    25-1264-04                                          See HB 471




 1         2.  Instruction must be provided in professional

 2  knowledge and subject matter content that includes

 3  educator-accomplished practices and competencies and meets

 4  subject matter content requirements, professional competency

 5  testing requirements, and competencies associated with

 6  teaching reading, where appropriate.

 7         (b)  Each program participant must:

 8         1.  Meet temporary certification requirements by

 9  obtaining a temporary certificate, pursuant to s. 1012.56(6),

10  or document eligibility to obtain a temporary certificate,

11  including meeting the requirements of s. 1012.56(2)(a)-(f).

12         2.  Participate in field experience that is appropriate

13  to his or her educational plan.

14         3.  Fully demonstrate his or her ability to teach the

15  subject area for which he or she is seeking certification

16  prior to completion of the program.

17         (c)  Upon completion of the program, a participant

18  shall receive a credential from the sponsoring community

19  college, pursuant to authority granted in s. 1004.65. Such

20  credential shall satisfy the requirements of s. 1012.56(5)

21  relating to mastery of professional preparation and education

22  competence. A participant shall be eligible for educator

23  certification through the Department of Education upon

24  satisfaction of all requirements for certification set forth

25  in s. 1012.56(2), including demonstration of mastery of

26  general knowledge, subject area knowledge, and professional

27  preparation and education competence, through testing or other

28  statutorily authorized means.

29         (d)  Community colleges offering approved programs are

30  eligible for funding from federal and state funds.

31  Participants who complete a program pursuant to this section

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 1804
    25-1264-04                                          See HB 471




 1  shall be included for the purpose of performance-based

 2  funding.

 3         (e)  Each community college offering an approved

 4  program shall submit to the Department of Education annual

 5  performance evaluations that measure the effectiveness of the

 6  program, including the pass rates of participants on all

 7  examinations required for teacher certification and employer

 8  satisfaction surveys.

 9         (f)  If a community college offers an approved program

10  pursuant to this section, such program may be used by the

11  school district or districts served by that community college

12  to fully satisfy the requirements for the provision of a

13  competency-based professional preparation alternative

14  certification program as required in s. 1012.56(7).

15         (g)  Instructors for a community college program

16  approved pursuant to this section must possess a master's

17  degree in education or in an education field and document

18  recent teaching experience.

19         (3)  The State Board of Education may adopt rules

20  pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the

21  provisions of this section.

22         Section 2.  Subsection (5) of section 1012.56, Florida

23  Statutes, is amended to read:

24         1012.56  Educator certification requirements.--

25         (5)  MASTERY OF PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION AND EDUCATION

26  COMPETENCE.--Acceptable means of demonstrating mastery of

27  professional preparation and education competence are:

28         (a)  Completion of an approved teacher preparation

29  program at a postsecondary educational institution within this

30  state and achievement of a passing score on the professional

31  education competency examination required by state board rule;

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 1804
    25-1264-04                                          See HB 471




 1         (b)  Completion of a teacher preparation program at a

 2  postsecondary educational institution outside Florida and

 3  achievement of a passing score on the professional education

 4  competency examination required by state board rule;

 5         (c)  A valid professional standard teaching certificate

 6  issued by another state;

 7         (d)  A valid certificate issued by the National Board

 8  for Professional Teaching Standards;

 9         (e)  Documentation of two semesters of successful

10  teaching in a community college, state university, or private

11  college or university that awards an associate or higher

12  degree and is an accredited institution or an institution of

13  higher education identified by the Department of Education as

14  having a quality program;

15         (f)  Completion of professional preparation courses as

16  specified in state board rule, successful completion of a

17  professional education competence demonstration program

18  pursuant to paragraph (7)(b), and achievement of a passing

19  score on the professional education competency examination

20  required by state board rule; or

21         (g)  Successful completion of a professional

22  preparation alternative certification and education competency

23  program, outlined in paragraph (7)(a); or.

24         (h)  Successful completion of a community college

25  program pursuant to s. 1004.85 and achievement of a passing

26  score on the professional education competency examination

27  required by state board rule.

28         Section 3.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a

29  law.

30  

31  

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