NCLB Highly Qualified Requirements
According to federal legislation as specified by No Child Left Behind, all teachers in the nation who teach in core academic areas must be"highly qualified" by June 30, 2006.
Teachers must prove that they are "highly qualified" in accordance with No Child Left Behind legislation by meeting certain requirements. These include:
- Having a Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or approved institution,
- Having a valid Florida three-year Temporary or five-year Professional certificate,
- Demonstrating subject matter competency by:
- passing a subject area exam for the core academic content area and grade level in which they teach, OR
- verifying competency to teach a core academic content area by documenting their experience and expertise through the High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) plan, OR
- National Board Certification in the area/grade in which they teach, OR
- For secondary teachers, having a valid Florida Temporary or Professional certificate appropriate for the subject(s) and grade level(s) assigned, OR
- For ESE teachers, appropriate exceptional student education certification as indicated by the Course Code Directory and documentation of subject matter competency as indicated above for the core academic content area and grade level taught.