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- Frequently Asked Questions about the Education Specialist: Language and Academic Development (LAD)
Beginning July 20, 2011, Title 5 Regulations pertaining to the following Special Education Added Authorizations were approved and became effective:
Adaptive Physical Education
Early Childhood Special Education
Specialty Specific Standards were previously approved for these teaching authorizations. Program sponsors have until September 30, 2012 to transition to the new program Standards.
Updated August 29, 2011
- Sample Education Specialist Transition Document
This sample document could be used by Education Specialist and Other Related Services Programs to describe the transition plan for the program to the revised program standards. This site also includes the Adapted Physical Education: Added Authorization Transition Document.
Transition Dates Pursuant to Title 5 Regulations
September 30, 2011 -- Programs must transition from the Level I Education Specialist Program Standards to the new Preliminary Program Standards
December 31, 2011 -- Last date to enroll candidates in a Level I Education Specialist Program
January 31, 2013 -- The date Level I Education Specialist candidates must complete their Level I program
Updated August 29, 2011
- Important Dates for Level II Programs
Program sponsors offering the Level II Education Specialist Programs should be aware of the following dates that are included in Title 5 Regulations:
December 31, 2014 - Last date to enroll candidates into the Level II Education Specialist Program
January 31, 2019 - The date candidates must finish the Level II program
August 29, 2011
- Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
Compiled questions and responses from the recent webcasts on the new Special Education credential programs and authorizations
Updated April 27, 2011
- Programs Addressing the 2009 Standards
The list of transitioned Preliminary Education Specialist Programs, approved Special Education Added Authorization programs and approved Clear Education Specialist Programs can be found at here. The list of programs can also be accessed through the BTSA website. Program sponsors may access the list through the Credential Information Guide (CIG).
To determine if an institution has an approved Education Specialist program or if an institution offers one of the Special Education Added Authorizations, scroll down the page to the appropriate section of the web page or select either the Education Specialist or Education Specialist: Added Authorizations tab near the top of the web page.
Updated September 15, 2011