CTC approves enhanced standards for Adaptive PE authorization

The state's Commission on Teacher Credentialing moved Thursday to enhance standards for existing teachers in special education to also become certified in adapted physical education.

The Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization allows the holder to teach special needs students that are unable to participate in general P.E. activities.

In the past, only those teachers that held a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education or a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential were eligible to earn the APE authorization. The standards, however, were updated in 2008 to allow special education teachers to also attain the adapted P.E. credential - sparking some concerns within the field about proper training.

Action by the CTC Thursday adds additional standards to better ensure candidates will get the proper knowledge and skill to teach in the APE setting.

Meanwhile, the board also seemed to endorse Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget for the agency in the coming year, which would increase its spending authority in 2013-14 by $653,000 with no reductions in staff positions.

As one of the state's few self-funded agencies, the CTC saw revenues from credentialing and test administration decline sharply as a result of the recession, while workload jumped dramatically thanks largely to a system-wide educator misconduct review in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The result was a $5 million funding gap that prompted a hike in credentials and test administration fees.

This year, the CTC is looking to add to its self-sufficiency by imposing a new fee on universities and other teacher preparation entities for review of new credentialing programs. Additionally, the agency is looking at charging for extra accreditation efforts required when institutions fail to meet one or more standards.

The CTC budget, as proposed in Brown's January plan, authorizes slightly more than $19.5 million in spending next year - up from the $18.9 million provided last year.

The agency would have an authorized staff of 152.4 positions under Brown's plan.

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