Proposed Amendments for Part 26 (Standards for Endorsements in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education)
In 2013, the agency adopted new standards for preparation programs for the elementary education endorsement and created standards for new programs for endorsements in the middle grades. At the time, staff believed that staggering the implementation dates of the revised elementary education and new middle grades programs would provide relief to institutions of higher education that wished to offer both types of endorsement preparation programs.
The new elementary education preparation programs, however, result in an endorsement for grades 1 through 6 (rather than kindergarten through grade 9). Therefore, requiring implementation of the new programs a full year before the middle grades programs are implemented disadvantaged some elementary education candidates who wished to also qualify for a middle grades endorsement under the current requirements (i.e., completion of six semester hours of coursework specific in the middle grades rather than a complete program). For this reason, staff are proposing that the effective date for full implementation of elementary education endorsement programs be modified to February 1, 2018 (currently, 2017). Additionally, candidates in existing programs established under Part 26 will have until September 1, 2018, to complete those programs in order to obtain an endorsement by September 1, 2019.
Initial Review by State Board of Education: March 2016