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Federal Teacher Requirements for Independent Study

Information on meeting federal requirements for highly qualified teachers in independent study.

The California Department of Education’s Improving Teacher & Principal Quality provides detailed information about federal teacher requirements.

California Education Code Section 44865 defines credentialing for alternative settings.

At the secondary (middle and high school) level, many schools are restructuring the delivery of independent study so that teachers are more specialized and students see different teachers for different subjects. Many schools are also grouping students for direct instruction from subject matter experts in on-site classes and labs. Students also access courses not available at their school through online learning or at community colleges.

Questions: Yvonne Evans | yevans@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-2562 
Last Reviewed: Monday, September 25, 2017