Discussion in 'General Education' started by webmistress, Jul 19, 2010.
Jul 19, 2010
What does your state require in order to determine that you are HQ to teach Reading in grades 7-12?
My original state (not AZ) said that I needed to have a major in Reading AND a secondary teaching certificate. I have an elementary certificate and a minor in Reading so I am only qualified for K-8.
In FL, there are three ways.
1) Master's degree in reading and passing the reading exam. This leads to Professional Certification in reading (which has to be renewed every 5 years by earning 120 inservice points).
3) Bachelor's degree with 30 hours in reading and passing the reading exam. This leads to Professional Certification in reading (which has to be renewed every 5 years by earning 120 inservice points).
2) 15 credit hours in reading (classes listed only); passing the reading exam. This leads to a Reading Endorsement (permanent; no inservice needed to retain), which is added to your Professional Certification.
DEPARTMENTALIZED MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS
(Answer for EACH content area teaching assignment): If you answer YES to one of
these questions, you have met the highly qualified requirement.
1. Did you pass any state licensing exam in the content area (i.e., Middle Grades or K-
12 Praxis II content knowledge test(s) for the subject(s) that you teach)? New
Jersey content area teachers certified since 1985 have been required to pass a test of
content knowledge in order to obtain their teaching certificates. Teachers coming from
other states may also have had to pass a content knowledge exam to obtain their
2. Do you have an academic major in the content area(s) you teach? The major must
match the teaching certificate in order to satisfy the content preparation requirement.
Your transcript serves as documentation.
3. Do you have 30 college credits in the content area(s) you teach? If your degree reads
Bachelor of Arts: Education or Bachelor of Science: Education, you must review your
transcript and count the number of applicable content hours. Teacher education, generic
teaching methods and educational psychology courses cannot be counted toward the 30
credit content requirement. At least 12 of the 30 credits must be at the upper division
(junior or senior) level. Your transcript serves as documentation.
Here is some additional guidance on counting 30 credits:
Middle/Secondary Teachers should identify the content courses and count the number
of semester hours appropriate for each of the content area(s) they are teaching. If you
have 30 or more semester hours in the content area(s) you are teaching, you satisfy the
4. Do you have a graduate degree in the content area(s) you teach? If you have an
advanced degree (e.g., Master of Arts: History, Master of Science: Biology, Master of Fine
Arts: Dance) in the content area aligned with your certificate, you satisfy the federal
definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher. If your graduate degree is in education (e.g.,
Master of Arts: Teaching or Master of Arts: Curriculum and Instruction) you must review
the courses taken at the advanced level and determine if 12 or more semester hours were
earned in the content field. If so, you satisfy the federal definition of a Highly Qualified
5. Are you a National Board Certified Teacher in the content area(s) you teach? If you
have achieved National Board Certification in the content area(s) you are teaching, you
satisfy the federal definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher. You may be asked to attach
a copy of your certificate to document your status.
For EACH content area teaching assignment: Teachers who answered YES to ANY of the
five questions satisfy the federal definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher for that content area
Thanks everyone. Once again my state (Alabama) has really confused me. I knew there had to be a lot to it. The state sent a letter that I am HQ to teach Reading in grades 7-12.
I have not taken a secondary reading test. My undergrad courses are strong in Psychology and Science, but not Reading.
I just asked my AL Facebook friends and no one has answered yet. Basically when I mentioned this to another teacher last year in a meeting, she just kinda brushed it off as if it's a very common thing and said, 'Yeah, that's HQ.' So I'm wondering if they grant all HQ recent graduates as automatically HQ to teach Reading? Sounds weird to me.
I think I'm gonna call the state dept of ed to see how they determined this.
That was quick. No need to call the state. I just found this letter from the state super which offers some explanation.
So basically they automatically granted anyone with general HQ status an automatic bid at HQ for Reading. Wow.
I really thought that was very very 'weird' to begin with and I certainly didn't feel as if I were qualified for such.
This topic really annoys me because apparently, based on my experiences, anyone can teach reading. Just because teachers are literate doesn't mean they're qualified to teach reading. Grrr...
We were told that EVERYBODY is qualified to teach reading at our middle school. Seriously?
I'm certified in 7-12 English.
Kentucky has a "highly qualified calculator" to check your status.
Kentucky Highly-Qualified Calculator
In TX, once you're certified in any area, you can take a certification test in another area to be HQ. However, most districts require 24 hours in the subject area in order to be meet their HQ.
I''m in AL, too. I went to grad school in VA and got a master in reading education. There I was grandfathered in without the praxis, but here I had to take the reading specialist praxis. UAB just started a reading specialist certificate program last fall. Here to get a job as a reading coach or interventionist all you need is an elementary certification. They make it really confusing here because many people's certificates state HQ in reading w/o a specialist certification. Let me know if you want more info-I teach reading intervention in a MS.