On August 25, 2011, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (“CTC”) released guidance clarifying the appropriate credentials and teaching permits required for transitional kindergarten assignments. The highly anticipated guidance comes as school districts are beginning to implement their transitional kindergarten programs in accordance with the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 (“Act”). The Act gradually shifts the birthday cut-off for kindergarten admission back to September 1st and requires school districts to offer transitional kindergarten programs to students whose fifth birthday falls between November 2nd and December 2nd in the 2012-13 school year, October 2nd and December 2nd in the 2013-2014 school year, and September 2nd and December 2nd in the 2014-15 school year and beyond.
Pursuant to CTC’s new guidance, the following credentials authorize instruction in transitional kindergarten classrooms:
Kindergarten-Primary (grades K-3) Early Childhood (grades preschool-3)
Elementary (grades K-8) Elementary (grades K-9)
Multiple Subject (grades preschool, K-12, and adults)
Multiple Subject University Intern (grades preschool, K-12, and adults)
Multiple Subject District Intern (grades K-8)
Specialist Instruction Credential in Early Childhood Education
CTC’s guidance specifies that holders of Children’s Center Instructional or Child Development Permits, including those with school-age emphasis, may not teach transitional kindergarten. CTC also noted that English Learner students in transitional kindergarten that require instruction in English Language Development or Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English must also have a teacher authorized to provide these services.
The CTC’s Credential Information Alert, along with additional guidance concerning transitional kindergarten requirements can be found in CTC’s Credentialing Information Guide and at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderinfo.asp. If you have any questions regarding the new CTC guidance and its impact on your school district, please call one of our six offices.
F3 NewsFlash prepared by Namita S. Brown and Kelley A. Owens.
Namita is a partner in the F3 Oakland office.
Kelley is an associate in the F3 San Marcos office.
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