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Highly Qualified in Special Education?

Highly Qualified in Special Education?

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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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JB
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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.

joni whittemore's picture

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

Dave Hess's picture

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?

Diane Laramore's picture

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.

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