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FAQs: CTE Teachers Meeting NCLB HQT Compliance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers complying with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements for Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT).

The California Education Code Section 51225.3(b) allows a district to adopt alternative means for students to complete the prescribed course of study for graduation. The local governing board may adopt alternative means to meet the graduation requirements for a subject area in a manner that is consistent with the state approved curriculum for the subject area. The most common questions asked by CTE teachers in this regard and answers are provided below.

  1. Do secondary business education teachers who teach business courses that meet high school economics graduation requirements and/or University of California (UC) admission requirements need to possess a credential in history-social science?

  2. Do secondary agriculture teachers who teach agriculture courses that meet high school economics graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in history-social science?

  3. Do secondary home economics careers and technology teachers who teach home economics courses that meet high school visual and performing arts graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in visual and performing arts?

  4. Do secondary health careers education teachers who teach health courses that meet high school biological science graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in biological science?

  5. Do secondary home economics careers and technology teachers who teach home economics courses that meet high school biological science graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in biological science?

  6. Do secondary industrial and technology education (ITE) teachers who teach industrial technology courses that meet high school physical science graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in physics or chemistry?

  1. Do secondary business education teachers who teach business courses that meet high school economics graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in history-social science?

    If the business education instructor possesses a single subject credential or standard secondary credential in business education, then that teacher has a major equivalent of course work that would satisfy the economics requirements and therefore would not need a history-social science credential to be NCLB compliant.

  2. Do secondary agriculture teachers who teach agriculture courses that meet high school economics graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in history-social science?

    If the agriculture instructor majored in either agriculture business or agriculture education and possesses a single subject credential or standard secondary credential in agriculture, then that teacher has a major equivalent of course work that would satisfy the economics requirements and therefore would not need a history-social science credential to be NCLB compliant.

  3. Do secondary home economics careers and technology teachers who teach home economics courses that meet high school visual and performing arts graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in visual and performing arts?

    If the home economics instructor possesses a major in apparel design and merchandising and has a single subject credential or standard secondary credential in home economics education, then that teacher has a major equivalent of course work that would satisfy the visual and performing arts and therefore would not need a visual and performing arts credential to be NCLB compliant.

  4. Do secondary health careers education teachers who teach health courses that meet high school biological science graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in biological science?

    If the health instructor possesses a single subject credential in health science education, then that teacher has a major equivalent of course work that would satisfy the biological sciences and therefore would not need a biology science credential to be NCLB compliant.

  5. Do secondary home economics careers and technology teachers who teach home economics courses that meet high school biological science graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in biological science?

    If the home economics instructor possesses a major in nutrition, dietetics, and/or food science and has a single subject credential or standard secondary credential in home economics education, then that teacher has a major equivalent of course work that would satisfy the biological sciences and therefore would not need a biology science credential to be NCLB compliant.

  6. Do secondary industrial and technology education (ITE) teachers who teach industrial technology courses that meet high school physical science graduation requirements and/or UC admission requirements need to possess a credential in physics or chemistry?

    If the ITE instructor possesses a major in either manufacturing technology or industrial technology and has a single subject credential or standard secondary credential in industrial technology education, then that teacher has a major equivalent of course work that would satisfy the physical sciences and therefore would not need a chemistry or physics science credential to be NCLB compliant.

Additional questions concerning appropriate teacher assignments for such an assignment should be directed to the California Commission on Teacher credentialing at: cawassignments@ctc.ca.gov External link opens in new window or tab. .

CDE Guideline on CTE Teachers & HQT Provision of NCLB (DOC; 28KB)
How a career technical education (CTE) instructor can teach a CTE course via EC Section 51225.3(b) and meet the “highly qualified teacher” provision of NCLB.

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