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Highly Qualified in Special Education?

joni whittemore

Does anyone know the true definition of HQ. I teach resource math and english to kids working on a regular diploma. but are not successful in an inclusion class. My certification says I can teach Math 9-12 and English K-12, but some administrators say that is not being HQ. Any information would be great regarding HQ in Special Education.

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My certificate says I can

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My certificate says I can teach K-12 all areas, however, I had to take classes to get HQ in Lang. Arts and Math- I took them from our regional resource center in order to become HQ to teach these areas. Our guidelines say we must be HQ if we are the sole instructor teaching these areas. I don't believe our inclusion teachers have to since they ae not the sole educator in the classroom. I also became HQ in science.

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Thanks for reinforcing that: I also took extra classes in math and LA Classes that on my certificate says I can teach and be teacher of record in a resource setting- kids working towards a regular diploma, but administrators can't make their minds up on this. LOL

I'm an older teacher. I

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I'm an older teacher. I haven't been a teacher of record since the 80's. Since then I've been a resource teacher helping special eduction students in their regular education classes, and a life skills teacher. I've been under the impression that I don't need to become HQ. Is there any danger in this?

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I am a special education teacher currently teaching early childhood lifeskills classes, with some going out to gen ed with possibility to become resource. I have a MS in Special ed and a BS gen ed degree in Art Ed, minor in English. We all had to become highly qualified in our district. the caveat was that if you are teaching special ed that degree was not qualifying for HQ. You have to hold a HQ in a core subject. We had a rubric that gave us ways to become HQ and get credit for classes we took. Art is a core subject in Indiana and I am HQ to teach English.

I an inclusion teacher in 7th

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I an inclusion teacher in 7th and 8th grade. I have a cerebral palsy student with very little use of her hands who needs a science fair project for next year. She is wheelchair bound. Any help would be much appreciated.

Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

Additional course work in

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Additional course work in assessments and 60 hours of ELL training were required for me to receive HQ plus I had to produce evidence to that state that I had taken college course work for my endorsement. This meant I had to get Syllabi from course I took and submit it with my original transcripts as well as take all the State tests this moved me up to HQ.

I think HQ criteria are

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I think HQ criteria are established in each state based on federal guidelines. In our state those who have taught a long time were awarded points for credits in HQ areas, years teaching each subject, clock hours, etc. The total points had to equal 100 to be considered highly qualified. The year all of this was being put in place I did have to be formally observed in all three areas where I was the primary teacher. I was fortunate because I came to special education after 24 years of teaching gen ed. I also have a K-12 certificate and am a NBCT in sped and had 135 credits in addition to my masters. At the end of the process I was found to be highly qualified in reading, writing, math, and special education.

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

How does your student control

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How does your student control her chair? Maybe that system could be the basis of her science project. Other ideas would involve creating some sort of experience where students have to try to do things without use of their hands. It is possible to hypothesize that a certain number of students or a certain type of student (athlete, dancer, etc) might be more capable of doing things without using their hands than others. Your student would administer the tests, collect the data, analyse the data and prove or disprove the hypothesis.

In New Mexico to teach any

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In New Mexico to teach any high school core class you have to be HQ. TO teach a life skills class or self contained class you have to be HQ in all areas. I am HQ in Lang Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science. About seven years ago they hit me up to do this or I would not be able to continue to teach a self contained class.

In New Mexico to teach any

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In New Mexico to teach any high school core class you have to be HQ. TO teach a life skills class or self contained class you have to be HQ in all areas. I am HQ in Lang Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science. About seven years ago they hit me up to do this or I would not be able to continue to teach a self contained class.

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