Senate BillNo. 5

Introduced by Senator Padilla

(Coauthor: Senator Block)

December 3, 2012

An act to amend Section 44259 of the Education Code, relating to teacher credentialing.


SB 5, as introduced, Padilla. Teacher credentialing.

Existing law establishes minimum requirements for the issuance of a preliminary multiple or single subject teaching credential by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Among other requirements, existing law requires satisfactory completion of a program of professional preparation accredited by the Committee on Accreditation, but specifies that the program shall not include more than one year, or the equivalent of 15 of a 5-year program, of professional preparation. Existing law also requires obtaining a baccalaureate degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of postsecondary education, but provides that, except as specified, the baccalaureate degree shall not be in professional education.

This bill would authorize a program of professional preparation to include up to 2 years, or the equivalent of 25 of a 5-year program, of professional preparation, and would delete the provision that prohibits baccalaureate degrees in professional education from satisfying the degree requirement. The bill would update cross references and would make other technical, nonsubstantive changes.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 44259 of the Education Code is amended
2to read:



(a) Except as provided in subparagraphs (A) and (C)
4of paragraph (3) of subdivision (b), each program of professional
5preparation for multiple or single subject teaching credentials shall
6not include more thanbegin delete one yearend deletebegin insert two yearsend insert of, or the equivalent of
7begin delete one-fifthend deletebegin insert two-fifthsend insert of a five-year program in, professional

9(b) The minimum requirements for the preliminary multiple or
10 single subject teaching credential are all of the following:

11(1) A baccalaureate degree or higher degree from a regionally
12accredited institution of postsecondary education.begin delete Except as end delete
13begin deleteprovided in subdivision (c) of Section 44227, the baccalaureate end delete
14begin deletedegree shall not be in professional education.end delete The commission
15shall encourage accredited institutions to offer undergraduate
16minors in education and special education to students who intend
17to become teachers.

18(2) Passage of the state basic skillsbegin delete examinationend deletebegin insert proficiency testend insert
19 that is developed and administered by the commission pursuant
20to Section 44252.5.

21(3) Satisfactory completion of a program of professional
22preparation that has been accredited by thebegin delete committeeend deletebegin insert Committeeend insert
23 onbegin delete accreditationend deletebegin insert Accreditationend insert on the basis of standards of program
24quality and effectiveness that have been adopted by the
25commission. In accordance with the commission’s assessment and
26performance standards, each program shall include a teaching
27performance assessment as set forth in Section 44320.2begin delete whichend deletebegin insert thatend insert
28 is aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching
29Profession. The commission shall ensure that each candidate
30recommended for a credential or certificate has demonstrated
31satisfactory ability to assist pupils to meet or exceedbegin delete stateend deletebegin insert academicend insert
32 contentbegin delete and performanceend delete standards for pupils adoptedbegin delete pursuant to end delete
33begin deletesubdivision (a) of Section 60605end deletebegin insert by the state boardend insert. Programs that
34meet this requirement for professional preparation shall include
35any of the following:

36(A) Integrated programs of subject matter preparation and
37professional preparation pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section

P3    1(B) Postbaccalaureate programs of professional preparation,
2pursuant to subdivisionbegin delete (b)end deletebegin insert (d)end insert of Section 44259.1.

3(C) Internship programs of professional preparation, pursuant
4to Section 44321, Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 44325),
5Article 11 (commencing with Section 44380), and Article 3
6(commencing with Section 44450) of Chapter 3.

7(4) Study of alternative methods of developing English language
8skills, including the study of reading as described in subparagraphs
9(A) and (B), among all pupils, including those for whom English
10is a second language, in accordance with the commission’s
11standards of program quality and effectiveness. The study of
12reading shall meet the following requirements:

13(A) Commencing January 1, 1997, satisfactory completion of
14comprehensive reading instruction that is research-based and
15includes all of the following:

16(i) The study of organized, systematic, explicit skills including
17phonemic awareness, direct, systematic, explicit phonics, and
18decoding skills.

19(ii) A strong literature, language, and comprehension component
20with a balance of oral and written language.

21(iii) Ongoing diagnostic techniques that inform teaching and

23(iv) Early intervention techniques.

24(v) Guided practice in a clinical setting.

25(B) For the purposes of this section, “direct, systematic, explicit
26phonics” means phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, the direct
27instruction of sound/symbol codes and practice in connected text
28and the relationship of direct, systematic, explicit phonics to the
29components set forth in clauses (i) to (v), inclusivebegin insert, of end insert
30begin insertsubparagraph (A)end insert.

31A program for the multiple subjects credential also shall include
32the study of integrated methods of teaching language arts.

33(5) Completion of a subject matter program that has been
34approved by the commission on the basis of standards of program
35quality and effectiveness pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with
36Section 44310) or passage of a subject matter examination pursuant
37to Article 5 (commencing with Section 44280). The commission
38shall ensure that subject matter standards and examinations are
39aligned with thebegin delete stateend deletebegin insert academicend insert contentbegin delete and performanceend delete standards
P4    1for pupils adoptedbegin delete pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 60605end delete
2begin insert by the state boardend insert.

3(6) Demonstration of a knowledge of the principles and
4provisions of the Constitution of the United States pursuant to
5Section 44335.

6(7) Commencing January 1, 2000, demonstration, in accordance
7with the commission’s standards of program quality and
8effectiveness, of basic competency in the use of computers in the
9classroom as determined by one of the following:

10(A) Successful completion of a commission-approved program
11or course.

12(B) Successful passage of an assessment that is developed,
13approved, and administered by the commission.

14(c) The minimum requirements for the clear multiple or single
15subject teaching credential shall include all of the following

17(1) Possession of a valid preliminary teaching credential, as
18prescribed in subdivision (b), possession of a valid equivalent
19credential or certificate, or completion of equivalent requirements
20as determined by the commission.

21(2) Except as provided in paragraph (3), completion of a
22program of beginning teacher induction, including one of the

24(A) A program of beginning teacher support and assessment
25approved by the commission and the Superintendent pursuant to
26Section 44279.1, a provision of the Marian Bergeson Beginning
27Teacher Support and Assessment System.

28(B) An alternative program of beginning teacher induction that
29is provided by one or more local educational agencies and has
30been approved by the commission and the Superintendent on the
31basis of initial review and periodic evaluations of the program in
32relation to appropriate standards of credential program quality and
33effectiveness that have been adopted by the commission, the
34Superintendent, and the state board pursuant to this subdivision.
35The standards for alternative programs shall encourage innovation
36and experimentation in the continuous preparation and induction
37of beginning teachers. Any alternative program of beginning
38teacher induction that has met state standards pursuant to this
39subdivision may apply for state funding pursuant to Sections
4044279.1 and 44279.2.

P5    1(C) An alternative program of beginning teacher induction that
2is sponsored by a regionally accredited college or university, in
3cooperation with one or more local school districts, that addresses
4the individual professional needs of beginning teachers and meets
5the commission’s standards of induction. The commission shall
6ensure that preparation and induction programs that qualify
7candidates for professional credentials extend and refine each
8beginning teacher’s professional skills in relation to the California
9Standards for the Teaching Profession and thebegin insert academic contentend insert
10 standardsbegin delete of pupil performanceend deletebegin insert for pupilsend insert adoptedbegin delete pursuant to end delete
11begin deleteSection 60605end deletebegin insert by the state boardend insert.

12(3) (A) If a candidate satisfies the requirements of subdivision
13(b), including completion of an accredited internship program of
14professional preparation, and if that internship program fulfills
15induction standards and is approved as set forth in this subdivision,
16the commission shall determine that the candidate has fulfilled the
17requirements of paragraph (2).

18(B) If an approved induction program is verified as unavailable
19to a beginning teacher, or if the beginning teacher is required under
20the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301
21et seq.) to complete subject matter coursework to be qualified for
22a teaching assignment, the commission shall accept completion of
23an approved clear credential program after completion of a
24baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution as
25fulfilling the requirements of paragraph (2). The commission shall
26adopt regulations to implement this subparagraph.

27(4) Experience that includes the application of knowledge and
28skills previously acquired in a preliminary credential program, in
29 accordance with commission standards, that addresses the

31(A) Health education, including study of nutrition,
32cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the physiological and
33sociological effects of abuse of alcohol, narcotics, and drugs and
34the use of tobacco. Training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation shall
35also meet the standards established by the American Heart
36Association or the American Red Cross.

37(B) Field experience in methods of delivering appropriate
38educational services to pupils with exceptional needs in regular
39education programs.

P6    1(C) Advanced computer-based technology, including the uses
2of technology in educational settings.

3(d) The commission shall develop and implement standards of
4program quality and effectiveness that provide for the areas of
5application listed in subparagraphs (A) to (C), inclusive, of
6paragraph (4) of subdivision (c), starting in professional preparation
7and continuing through induction.

8(e) A credential that was issued prior to January 1, 1993, shall
9remain in force as long as it is valid under the laws and regulations
10that were in effect on the date it was issued. The commission may
11not, by regulation, invalidate an otherwise valid credential, unless
12it issues to the holder of the credential, in substitution, a new
13credential authorized by another provision in this chapter that is
14no more restrictive than the credential for which it was substituted
15with respect to the kind of service authorized and the grades,
16classes, or types of schools in which it authorizes service.

17(f) A credential program that is approved by the commission
18may not deny an individual access to that program solely on the
19grounds that the individual obtained a teaching credential through
20completion of an internship program when that internship program
21has been accredited by the commission.

22(g) Notwithstanding this section, persons who were performing
23teaching services as of January 1, 1999, pursuant to the language
24of this section that was in effect prior to that date, may continue
25to perform those services without complying with any requirements
26that may be added by the amendments adding this subdivision.

27(h) Subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (4) of subdivision
28(b) do not apply to any person who, as of January 1, 1997, holds
29a multiple or single subject teaching credential, or to any person
30enrolled in a program of professional preparation for a multiple
31or single subject teaching credential as of January 1, 1997, who
32subsequently completes that program. It is the intent of the
33Legislature that the requirements of subparagraphs (A) and (B) of
34paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) be applied only to persons who
35enter a program of professional preparation on or after January 1,