Certification - 6th in elementary

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  1. David94

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    Does anyone teach sixth grade in an elementary setting? If so, are you certified in elementary ed or middle school ed? Are you self-contained or departmentalized? Would you be allowed to do the opposite (by state requirements, not school policy)?

    My district decided that the elementary schools will slowly absorb 6th grade; however, my state licenses K-4, P-5, or 5-9. Would someone who has a P-5 certification be allowed to teach sixth in an elementary setting, or would the district have to pull middle school teachers?
     
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    I teach in KY too. I want to say that they would be required to have a teacher that is certified for 6th, not P-5. I only think that because a friend of my is certified to teach 8-12 history in Ky, so he found out that he could teach 8th grade history only, in middle school, or 9-12 in high school, but could not go to 6th or 7th. I'd say since this is a district choice and not a state choice, the rules probably won't change. On the other hand, I've seen rural districts in my area who couldn't find a teacher for a certain grade do. 'Emergency certification' so that a teacher could teach a different grade.
     
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    The teacher would have to be certified for 6th no matter the setting. I assume that they would have to have the 5-9 license (if that covers all subjects). In my state elementary certification is K-6, so almost all of the 6th grade teachers in my district are certified elementary even though 6th is departmentalized. There are a few 6th grade teachers in the district that are secondary and they can teach it because those licenses are 6-12, but they can only teach their area of certification.
     
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    Our certification is K-6 as well. I also assume they'd need a 5-9 certification.
     
  6. David94

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    Okay, 2 more bits of info:

    5-9 Certification is only for one or two subjects.

    I found this on our Dept of Ed website:
    "This option may be particularly interesting to teachers who wish to extend or add to their certificates due to changes in school configurations within their districts. For example, a teacher who has been teaching 6th grade math with a K-4/P-5 certificate is allowed to do so in a P-6 school configuration. However, this assignment is “out-of-field” should the district change to a 6-8 middle school configuration. Likewise, those teachers currently holding high school certification may be interested in extending their grade range down to grade 5 via a TC-HQ."

    So, would that be a yes, one with a P-5 could teach 6th?
     
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    When I moved to an elementary building, I had to add an elementary certification even though I was still teaching a departmentalized subject. Check with your state department to be sure.
     
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    I'm certified Pk-6th, but 6th is Middle School so I'm not sure if I would need a subject-area endorsement to teach 6th. I don't really want to teach that grade anyway so I haven't really looked into it
     

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