OBE-FLS

Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies

Amendments to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education

Pursuant to Section 207 of Education Law

BILINGUAL EDUCATION

80.9 Certificates valid for teaching bilingual education.

(a) Preparation. The validity of a provisional or permanent certificate issued under this Part may be extended by the commissioner to include bilingual education if the holder of such certificate meets the requirements for both education and practice described in paragraphs (1) and (2), respectively, of this subdivision.

  (1) The education required for extending a certificate to include bilingual education shall be as follows:

  (i) for holders of a certificate issued under section 80.15 of this Part, the completion, within or in addition to the program of preparation prescribed in section 80.15, of 24 semester hours of collegiate study at an institution with an approved bilingual education program in the following areas: history and culture of the group which speaks the other language; foundations in bilingual/bicultural education; first language teaching; second language teaching; methodology, materials and evaluation in bilingual education; and bilingualism (applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics);

       (ii) for holders of a certificate issued under section 80.5-80.7, 80.16 or 80.17 of this Part, the completion, within or in addition to the program of preparation prescribed in section 80.5-80.7, 80.16 or 80.17, of 15 semester hours of collegiate study at an institution with an approved bilingual education program in the following areas: history and culture of the group which speaks the other language; methodology, materials and evaluation in the content area(s) in the other language; and foundations in bilingual/bicultural education

  (2) The practice requirement for extending a certificate to include bilingual education shall be the completion of a college-supervised student teaching experience in bilingual education, except that one year of paid full-time bilingual teaching experience on the level and in the area for which certification is sought may be accepted in lieu of the college-supervised student teaching when such experience carries the recommendation of the employing school district administrator.

 (b) Language Proficiency. A certificate shall be extended to include bilingual education only if the candidate demonstrates proficiency both in English and in the language of instruction other than English by levels of performance satisfactory to the commissioner on examinations acceptable to the commissioner.

 (c) Interstate agreement on qualifications of educational personnel. A provisional certificate may be issued to an applicant who has completed a program of preparation in bilingual education at an approved institution of higher education or who has attained an initial regular certificate which is valid to teach bilingual education in a state which has contracted with the State of New York pursuant to Education Law, section 3030.

 (d) Statement of continued eligibility.

  (1) A person employed in a position in New York State in a bilingual pupil personnel service position or a bilingual school administrative/supervisory position in New York State for three years preceding September 1, 1995 may be issued a statement of continued eligibility pursuant to which such person may continue to render bilingual pupil personnel services or serve as a bilingual school administrator/supervisor without a certificate or extension thereof described in this section, provided such person holds a permanent certificate which is valid for service pursuant to sections 80.3 or 80.4 of this Part.

  (2) A statement of continued eligibility shall be limited to bilingual pupil personnel service programs or bilingual school administration and supervision, but shall be valid for service in any school district.

  (3) Applications for the statement of continued eligibility must be filed in the department by September 1, 1995.

NEW YORK, PUERTO RICO SIGN

RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT ON TEACHER CERTIFICATION

On December 8,1992 New York State and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico signed an interstate contract allowing teachers, administrators and other education personnel certified in Puerto Rico full certification in New York State and vice versa.

 Following are remarks given by Carmen Pérez Hogan, Director of the Division of Bilingual Education, New York State Education Department, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

On behalf of the Board of Regents and the President of the University of the State of New York, Thomas Sobol, I welcome the participation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the Interstate Agreement on the Qualification of Educational Personnel. Through the signing of this contract, the Commonwealth becomes the twenty-ninth teacher certifying jurisdiction to endorse the concept of reciprocity among states, thereby ensuring a legal basis on which our two jurisdictions can give full recognition to the type and level of certification granted by each other.

 Through our respective participation in this Agreement the following objectives will be realized.

For educational personnel by the recognition of comparable certification in member states with common contracts, reducing the red tape in processing certification applications in member states with common contracts, providing a wider job market for persons with initial certificates, ensuring higher education quality preparation due to approved program approach to the preparation of educational personnel, providing lists of approved programs to all member states, facilitating the movement, within member states, of educational personnel to areas of greatest need for their specialty.

 For state education agencies by assisting in the development and implementation of standards for the preparation of educational personnel, assisting with on-site review preparations, holding meetings for education agency staff to discuss current issues related to preparation and certification of educational personnel, assisting with approved program approaches to the preparation of educational personnel, providing legal assistance in interpreting the ICP contracts, providing criteria for the development and assessment of program approval models,

 For local school districts by meeting their unique staffing needs via the interstate mobility of educational personnel, giving reasonable assurance of the quality of educational personnel, providing a larger pool of qualified applicants, giving school personnel officers leads to whereabouts of candidates qualified to meet local program or staffing needs.

 The provisions of this contract, which expires on September 31, 1996 and which may be renewed at that time for a five year period, will greatly benefit the children and young adults of our respective school districts by assuring instruction through certified and qualified teachers. Our greatest resource is our children, and this contract assists in protecting that investment.

Last Updated: February 9, 2012
February 9, 2012