ERIC Number: ED354639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
State Emergency Certification Provisions: Results of a 1990 Survey. Information Bulletin #43.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Washington, DC.; National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
This survey of 37 state special education administrators found that 78 percent have implemented emergency certification procedures designed to address critical staff shortages in special education. Over three-quarters of the states with emergency certification procedures issue such certificates for only 1 year, and renewal is contingent upon completion of appropriate coursework. In almost one-third of the states with emergency standards, individuals must already have a valid teaching certificate to obtain an emergency certificate in another area, while in an additional 21 percent of the states, the individuals must hold a valid teaching certificate and have completed coursework leading to the proper certificate. Only two states allow emergency certificates to be issued to persons who have not completed a bachelor's degree. Emergency standards tend to be applied uniformly across grade levels, handicapping conditions, and type of personnel. A table presents, by state, the major features of each state's emergency certification program and indicates the minimum qualifications or prerequisites for obtaining emergency certification. Solutions to the problem of personnel supply and demand in special education are noted. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Washington, DC.; National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.