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Commission begins work on special education certification

The South Dakota Commission on Teaching and Learning has spent the past year examining teacher certification in the state. A draft framework of recommendations for general education certification is largely complete, and at the commission's January meeting, members began work on special education certification and reciprocity. Next, the group will share its recommendations with special education stakeholders.

"I’m really excited about the progress we're making," said Carla Leingang, a commission member and administrator of certification and teacher quality for the South Dakota Department of Education. "We have a clear direction in mind for where we want to go with proposed rules. The general framework for the rules has been developed and next steps will include visiting with various stakeholder groups like higher education, special education and so forth, to get feedback and determine how to move forward as the department writes rules based on the commission's recommendations."

The commission will meet again Feb. 19-20, in Pierre, to begin discussion of alternative certification.

Teachers, administrators and higher education representatives from across the state serve on the commission, which formed in 2013. Initially, the group came together to help develop South Dakota’s educator effectiveness systems.

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