• January 20th, 2017
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Special Education and Autism Training to be Required as Part of Teacher Certification

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The bipartisan measure (S-1474) introduced in February 2016 was passed unanimously by both the NJ Senate and NJ General Assembly last fall.

The bill would require teacher preparation programs for instructional certificate to include certain amount of instruction or clinical experience in special education and for students with disabilities endorsement to include credit hours in autism spectrum disorder.

A minimum of the equivalent of 6 semester credit hours of classroom instruction, clinical experience, including student internships, or a combination thereof, in special education would be required

For an instructional certificate with a teacher of students with disabilities endorsement, credit hours in autism spectrum disorder and comprehensive1 evidence-based instructional practices to address the educational 1strengths and1 needs of students with autism would be required.

It awaits the Governor’s signature.

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