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State Education Department proposes new certification for health teachers

State Education Department proposes new certification for health teachers
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ALBANY — The state Education Department announced Monday that it would propose a new, temporary type of teaching certificate that would allow some licensed health professionals to teach health classes.

To qualify for the Transitional K certificate, a candidate would have to be a licensed physician, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner or a registered professional nurse; have at least a bachelor’s degree and “an employment and support commitment” from a school and complete all required workshops.

In addition to those requirements, candidates must complete teaching-related coursework and relevant exams.

If the regulations to create it were adopted, the Transitional K certificate would be valid for three years. The candidate would then be able to complete the additional requirements for an initial certificate in classroom teaching.

The regulations were proposed to help relieve the difficulties some school districts have in finding qualified health education teachers.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said that creating the Transitional K pathway would help address a shortage in health teachers “while maintaining the high standards we’ve established to obtain a teaching certificate in New York.”

The public comment period for the proposed regulations will be from March 28 to May 28. Comments can be emailed to REGCOMMENTS@nysed.gov.

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