What It Means To Be Highly Qualified

October 2010 We want so much from our teachers. To be well trained in educational best practice. To know the subjects they teach and be full of enthusiasm to share that knowledge. To be good at sharing that knowledge, lighting the thirst for more. To be excellent classroom managers, too, of course, as well as behavior experts in their own right. Not a job most of us could take on. This webpage focuses on what it means to be a highly qualified … [Read more...]

How NCLB Defines “Highly Qualified”

December 2009 As part of NCLB’s intention to improve teacher quality and, thus, outcomes for children, it requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that all teachers hired to teach core academic subjects in Title I programs are highly qualified. In general, a “highly qualified teacher” is one with: full certification, a bachelor’s degree, and demonstrated competence in subject knowledge and teaching. ______________________________ NCLB's … [Read more...]

IDEA’s Definition of “Highly Qualified”

Updated October 2010 Special education teachers must now be highly qualified, says the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA, which has modeled its new HQT requirements on those found in its sister general education law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). To be considered a highly qualified special education teacher depends on what type of special educator a person is. Different meanings apply depending on whether the teacher is a “highly qualified” special … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions

October 2010 Why are we not surprised that you have a question on IDEA's HQT requirements? You will no doubt agree that IDEA's provisions on highly qualified special educators are nothing short of...um, complicated? The author of the six FAQs below is none other than Marion Morton Crayton of OSEP itself (the Office of Special Education Programs).  The questions and answers are adapted from NICHCY's training package on IDEA 2004, Building the … [Read more...]

Module 7: Highly Qualified Teachers

_________________________________Alert! Alert! Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date. The new address of Module 7: Highly Qualified Teachers at the CPIR is:http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/partb-module7/_________________________________by Marion Morton Crayton … [Read more...]

NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.