HB1386: Consolidating Special Education Certification Levels


This legislation amends the grade span for special education certificates. Beginning December 31, 2021, teachers that acquire a special education certificate will be authorized to teach grades pre-K through 12. Previously the certificate requirements were in two separate grade categories, preK-8 and 7-12. This prohibited qualified teachers from moving between grades.  Individuals that hold certificates prior to December 31, 3021 will have the opportunity to expand their grade span authorization to Pre-k through 12 through guidelines determined by the Department of Education.


Amending this policy will allow for a simplified hiring process for special education teachers and more employment opportunities for educators.



Phillips-Hill, Grove, D. Miller, Rapp, Tallman, Wheeland, Zimmerman and Watson



Approved by the Governor on October 19, 2018