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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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Barbara Hauschel's picture

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.

Deven Black's picture
Deven Black
Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

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.

Rawnie McKibben's picture

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.

Rawnie McKibben's picture

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.

Paula Garon's picture

I'm a special education teacher who is highly qualified and I was told it meant I could teach both special education students as well as regular education students in language arts and math. I had to take extra courses in these areas. In other words they could make me sub or a long term sub if a regular teacher was out.

Tavia Highsmith's picture

It has been pretty confusing in our district and state. Up until about 4 years ago EC teachers were HOUSSED or grandfathered in as HQ. During the past 4 years we were required to take a Praxis II exam, number 0511. This year they called in all the teachers who had taken the 511 and informed us that we were no longer HQ. About a month later they told the HOUSSED people the same thing. The new solution also seems to fall short. In order to teach resource, to be the teacher of record, we are required to take the content area Praxis II for the subject we want to teach. My license now states that I am HQ by taking a test in Middle Grades Science and Social Studies, as well as, General EC. The strange thing is the areas I formerly qualified in are still on my license, too!

As a professional, I do not intend to allow myself to be HQ by test only. I intend to take classes in my subject areas although I am not required to do so. I have a feeling that is coming as they figure that one out in another 4 years or so!

If we are certified in General EC curriculum that means we can teach inclusion but cannot be the teacher of record in core curriculum subjects. We can, however, teach Study Skills or Learning Lab and be the teacher of record.

If you do not know what you are HQ in, I would suggest that you talk to a licensure person in your district and ask them or your state office to analyze your credentials, including transcripts and test scores. In our state it costs $55 and then you know for sure. At that point you can find out what you need to do, if anything.

Daniel Corcoran's picture

This experiment actually is hands on to the judges or visitors. The student doesn not have to do much hands on. To be a true experiment hypothesize that the bone left in vinegar longest will bend easier. A student of mine with no physical handicap (he is EBD4) won second place in our science fair this year with this. Here is the link.http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/rubberbone.php

Amy Norrington's picture
Amy Norrington
Junior High Resource Teacher

I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in learning disabilities k-12. I was told that once I received my master's degree, I would be considered HQ for teaching in the middle school setting in a resource room. I am still trying to figure it out.

jlalle15's picture

Hi I am a Educational Studies major at ASU and was wondering what is the best way to add inclusion into a regular classroom? Do you have any tips for someone who is about to start their career as an Educator, working mostly with kids who have a disability?

Katie Schellenberg, JD, MA's picture
Katie Schellenberg, JD, MA
Advocate, Lawyer, Teacher and Founder of Beyond Tutoring

Hi Jlalle,

I work with students with disabilities and there are many wonderful ways (that I am sure you will explore in your studies, where you can design a classroom that is as inclusive as possible to students with disabilities. Edutopia has so many wonderful resources as well (just look at the search function in the upper right hand corner). There are articles about classroom design, inclusion and equity and how to design lessons that are more inclusive.

We are here to support you -- let me know as you go through this exploration if you have any questions :)

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