SB-0491, As Passed Senate, November 5, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUBSTITUTE FOR

 

SENATE BILL NO. 491

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled

 

"The revised school code,"

 

by amending sections 1233b and 1531i (MCL 380.1233b and 380.1531i),

 

section 1233b as amended by 1995 PA 289 and section 1531i as added

 

by 2009 PA 202.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1233b. (1) Except as provided in subsection (3), the

 

board of a local school district or intermediate school district

 

may engage a full-time or part-time noncertificated, nonendorsed

 

teacher to teach a course in computer science, a foreign language,

 

mathematics, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, robotics,

 

writing, journalism, or health sciences; in a discipline included

 

on the listing of critical shortage disciplines compiled and

 

updated by the superintendent of public instruction under section


61 of the public school employees retirement act of 1979, 1980 PA

 

300, MCL 38.1361; or in another subject area determined by the

 

state board to be appropriate to be included under this section and

 

so designated by the state board, or any combination of these

 

subject areas, in grades 9 through 12.

 

     (2) Subject to subsection (3), a noncertificated, nonendorsed

 

teacher is qualified to teach pursuant to this section if he or she

 

meets all of the following minimum requirements:

 

     (a) Possesses an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited

 

postsecondary institution.

 

     (b) Has a major or a graduate degree in the field of

 

specialization in which he or she will teach or meets 1 of the

 

following:

 

     (i) For teaching engineering or mathematics, has, in the 7-

 

year period immediately preceding the date of hire, not less than 5

 

years of occupational experience in the field of engineering.

 

     (ii) For teaching science, has, in the 7-year period

 

immediately preceding the date of hire, not less than 5 years of

 

occupational experience in a science discipline.

 

     (iii) For teaching biology or health sciences, has, in the 7-

 

year period immediately preceding the date of hire, not less than 5

 

years of occupational experience in a health discipline.

 

     (iv) Except as provided under subparagraph (v), for teaching a

 

foreign language, is a native speaker of that foreign language and

 

has resided for at least 15 years in a nation that has that

 

language as an official language.

 

     (v) For teaching Hebrew, meets both of the following:

 


     (A) Has passed the professional readiness examination

 

developed or selected under section 1531 or a successor basic

 

skills examination as determined by the department.

 

     (B) Has passed any applicable subject area examination

 

developed or selected under section 1531 or, if there is no

 

applicable subject area examination, meets other requirements

 

established by the school district or intermediate school district.

 

     (c) If the teacher desires to teach for more than 1 year, has

 

passed both a basic skills the professional readiness examination,

 

or a successor basic skills examination as determined by the

 

department, and a subject area examination, if a subject area

 

examination exists, in the field of specialization in which he or

 

she will teach.

 

     (d) Except in the case of persons individuals engaged to teach

 

a foreign language, and except as may be required under subdivision

 

(b), has, in the 5-year period immediately preceding the date of

 

hire, not less than 2 years of occupational experience in the field

 

of specialization in which he or she will teach. For the purposes

 

of this subdivision, serving as a full-time instructor in a field

 

of specialization at the college or university level is considered

 

to be occupational experience in that field of specialization.

 

     (3) The requirements listed in subsection (2) for a teacher

 

engaged to teach pursuant to this section shall be are in addition

 

to any other requirements established by the board of a local

 

school district or intermediate school district, as applicable.

 

     (4) Except as provided in subsection (5), the board of a local

 

school district or intermediate school district shall not engage a

 


full-time or part-time noncertificated, nonendorsed teacher to

 

teach a course described in subsection (1) if the district is able

 

to engage a certificated, endorsed teacher.

 

     (5) If the board of a local school district or intermediate

 

school district is able to engage a certificated, endorsed teacher

 

to teach a course described in subsection (1), the local school

 

district or intermediate school board district may employ or

 

continue to employ a noncertificated, nonendorsed teacher to teach

 

the course if both of the following conditions are met:

 

     (a) The noncertificated, nonendorsed teacher is annually and

 

continually enrolled and completing credit in an approved teacher

 

preparation program leading to a provisional teaching certificate.

 

     (b) The noncertificated, nonendorsed teacher has a planned

 

program leading to teacher certification on file with the employing

 

school district or intermediate school district, his or her teacher

 

preparation institution, and the department. of education.

 

     (6) If the noncertificated, nonendorsed teacher completes 3 2

 

years of successful classroom teaching, as determined by regular

 

observation and review by school district and teacher preparation

 

institution personnel, the department of education and a teacher

 

preparation institution shall utilize the teaching experience of a

 

noncertificated, nonendorsed teacher for the purpose of waiving

 

student teaching as a condition for receiving a continued

 

employment authorization in the school district and a provisional

 

teaching certificate.

 

     Sec. 1531i. (1) The superintendent of public instruction shall

 

establish a process for a person an individual to earn an interim

 


teaching certificate under this section that qualifies the person

 

individual to teach in the public schools and to earn a Michigan

 

teaching certificate using the process under this section. The

 

process shall meet all applicable requirements for an alternative

 

teaching certification process under the no child left behind act

 

of 2001, Public Law 107-110. The process shall not allow for an

 

interim teaching certificate for special education.

 

     (2) The process established under subsection (1) shall provide

 

that the superintendent of public instruction will grant an interim

 

teaching certificate to a person an individual who meets all of the

 

following:

 

     (a) Is a participant in an alternative teaching program that

 

is approved by the superintendent of public instruction. To be

 

approved, a program provider shall demonstrate to the satisfaction

 

of the superintendent of public instruction that it meets all of

 

the following:

 

     (i) Provides for its participants an intensive training

 

program in teaching that is determined by the superintendent of

 

public instruction to constitute the equivalent of at least 12

 

college credit hours and that includes training in at least all of

 

the following subject areas:

 

     (A) Child development or child psychology.

 

     (B) Family and community relationships.

 

     (C) Diverse learners.

 

     (D) Instructional strategies and classroom management.

 

     (E) A form of field-based experience in a classroom setting.

 

     (ii) Has a proven record of producing successful teachers in 1

 


or more other states or is modeled after a program that has a

 

proven record of producing successful teachers in 1 or more other

 

states.

 

     (iii) Accepts for participation only persons individuals who

 

meet the requirements of subdivision (b).

 

     (b) Holds Except for a career and technical education

 

instructor, holds a bachelor's , master's, doctorate, or

 

professional degree from a regionally accredited college or

 

university with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0

 

scale or the equivalent on another scale, as determined by the

 

superintendent of public instruction, or holds a master's or

 

doctorate degree from a regionally accredited college or

 

university. The department shall determine which career and

 

technical education certification areas do not require a bachelor's

 

degree.

 

     (c) Passes both the basic skills professional readiness

 

examination, or a successor basic skills examination as determined

 

by the department, and the appropriate available subject area

 

examination for each subject area in which he or she applies to be

 

certified.

 

     (3) A person An individual earning a provisional an interim

 

teaching certificate under this section will be is subject to

 

provisions of administrative rules governing teachers, as

 

established by the superintendent of public instruction.

 

     (4) A person An individual who possesses an interim teaching

 

certificate under this section may be employed to teach in a public

 

school in the same manner as a person an individual holding a

 


Michigan teaching certificate issued under section 1531 if all of

 

the following requirements are met:

 

     (a) While the person individual is teaching under an interim

 

teaching certificate, the school district or public school academy

 

in which the person individual is teaching provides intensive

 

observation and coaching in a manner and to the extent prescribed

 

by the superintendent of public instruction.

 

     (b) The person individual has a planned program leading to

 

teacher certification on file with the employing school district or

 

intermediate school district, his or her teacher preparation

 

institution, and the department, and is making satisfactory

 

progress toward meeting the requirements for being awarded a

 

Michigan teaching certificate under section 1531, as established by

 

the superintendent of public instruction under subsection (5). For

 

a career and technical education instructor, the department shall

 

determine how noncertificated instructors who are placed on an

 

annual occupational authorization may expedite the process to

 

become fully certified to teach in a career and technical education

 

program. The department shall permit those individuals to take

 

reduced course work, through the current authorization process, to

 

be eligible to receive an interim occupational certificate. The

 

department shall determine which career and technical education

 

programs are eligible for this alternative certification process

 

and the course work required to earn the certification.

 

     (5) The superintendent of public instruction shall develop

 

standards for granting a person an individual a Michigan teaching

 

certificate issued under section 1531 after the person individual

 


has demonstrated satisfactory teaching performance for 3 years

 

under an interim teaching certificate and has met the requirements

 

established by the superintendent of public instruction for a

 

Michigan teaching certificate.

 

     (6) The superintendent of public instruction shall promulgate

 

rules that he or she considers necessary to implement this section.

 

Notwithstanding any rule to the contrary, an interim teaching

 

certificate issued under this section is valid until the next June

 

30 occurring at least 7 years after the date it is issued.

 

     (7) If an individual seeking an interim teaching certificate

 

under this section has more than 1 master's, doctorate, or

 

professional degree, or has a bachelor's degree with more than 1

 

major, and if he or she meets the other requirements of this

 

section, then the individual is eligible for a subject area

 

endorsement, if available, in each of the subject areas in which he

 

or she holds a master's, doctorate, or professional degree or has

 

earned a major.

 

     (8) (7) As used in this section, "basic skills "professional

 

readiness examination", "elementary certification examination", and

 

"subject area examination" mean those terms as defined in rules

 

promulgated under section 1531.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.