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SD Department of Education November 2014  

  CTL begins looking at teacher certification

The Commission on Teaching and Learning met Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Pierre to make updates to the Student Learning Objective Handbook and begin discussing teacher certification rules. A final version of the handbook will be completed soon. Certification discussion focused on tiered certification, reciprocity and alternative certification.

“At this point, we’re looking at current policies—what’s working, what’s not, what are the issues,” says Carla Leingang, a commission member representing the South Dakota Department of Education. “We’re having conversation and asking questions like, ‘What might tiered certification and reciprocity look like in South Dakota?’ ‘How is alternative certification working?’ ‘What changes might make sense?’”

The commission includes teachers, administrators and higher education representatives from across the state. The group will meet again in January and continue the discussion begun in October.

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