SPECIAL EDUCATION AND RELATED SERVICE PERSONNEL  
 
Authorities: 34 C.F.R. Part 300; Texas Education Code; 19 T.A.C. Chapter 89; Texas Occupations Code
 
 
 
FEDERAL AND STATE REQUIREMENTS CITATIONS
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All special education and related service personnel must be certified, endorsed, or licensed in the areas of assignment, except:

89.1131(a)
TEC 21.003
TEC 21.0485
300.156(a)
300.156(b)

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  • A person employed by a district prior to September 1, 2011, to perform marriage and family therapy is not required to hold a license as a marriage and family therapist to provide marriage and family therapy with that district.
TEC 21.003(b)
TX Occupations Code 502.002

ASSIGNMENT


P A teacher who holds a special education certificate or an endorsement may be assigned to any level of basic special education instructional program serving children with disabilities ages 3 to 21, as permitted by certification, except:
89.1131(b)

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  • Persons assigned to provide speech therapy instructional services must hold a valid Texas Education Agency certificate in speech and hearing therapy or speech and language therapy, or a valid state license as a speech/language pathologist;
89.1131(b)(1)

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  • Teachers holding only a special education endorsement for early childhood education for children with disabilities must be assigned only to programs serving infants through grade 6;
89.1131(b)(2)

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  • Teachers certified in the education of children with visual impairments must be available to children with visual impairments, including deaf-blindness, through one of the local educational agency's (LEA's) instructional options, a shared services arrangement with other LEAs, or an education service center:
89.1131(b)(3)

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    • Teachers assigned full-time or part-time to instruct children from birth through age two with visual impairments, including deaf-blindness, must be certified in the education of children with visual impairments; 
89.1131(b)(6)

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  • Teachers certified in the education of children with auditory impairments must be available to children with auditory impairments, including deaf-blindness, through one of the LEA's instructional options, a regional day school program for the deaf, or a shared services arrangement with other LEAs:
89.1131(b)(4)
TEC 29.304(a)

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    • Teachers assigned full-time or part-time to instruct children from birth through age two who are deaf, including deaf-blindness, must be certified in education of children who are deaf and severely hard of hearing; 
89.1131(b)(6)

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  • Teachers with secondary certification with the generic delivery system may be assigned to teach grades 6-12 only; and
89.1131(b)(7)

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  • When the admission, review, and dismissal committee has specified arrangements for physical education in the child's individualized education program, physical education may be provided by:  
89.1131(b)(5)(A)

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    • Special education instructional or related service personnel who have the necessary skills and knowledge;
89.1131(b)(5)(A)(i)

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    • Physical education teachers;
89.1131(b)(5)(A)(ii)

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    • Occupational therapists;
89.1131(b)(5)(A)(iii)

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    • Physical therapists; or
89.1131(b)(5)(A)(iv)

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    • Occupational therapy assistants or physical therapy assistants working under supervision in accordance with the standards of their profession.
89.1131(b)(5)(A)(v)

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When physical education services are provided by special education personnel, the LEA must document that personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, including, but not limited to, inservice records, evidence of attendance at seminars or workshops, or transcripts of college courses.

89.1131(b)(5)(B)

P Orientation and mobility instruction must be provided by a certified orientation and mobility specialist who is certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals. 89.1131(e)

PARAPROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL


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Paraprofessional personnel must be certified.

89.1131(c)

P Paraprofessional personnel may be assigned to work with: 89.1131(c)

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  • Eligible children with disabilities;
89.1131(c)

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  • General education and special education teachers; and
89.1131(c)

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  • Related service personnel.
89.1131(c)

P Paraprofessional personnel may also be assigned to: 89.1131(c)

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  • Assist children with special education transportation;
89.1131(c)

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  • Serve as a job coach; or
89.1131(c)

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  • Serve in support of community-based instruction.
89.1131(c)

P Paraprofessional personnel paid from state administrative funds may be assigned to: 89.1131(c)

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  • The Special Education Resource System;
89.1131(c)

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  • The Special Education Management System; or
89.1131(c)

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  • Other special education clerical or administrative duties.
89.1131(c)

INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF


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Interpreting services for children who are deaf must be provided by an interpreter who is certified in the appropriate language modes, if certification in such modes is available.

89.1131(d)
TEC 29.304(a)

P If certification is available, the interpreter must be a certified member of, or certified by, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or the Texas Board for Evaluation of Interpreters, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. 89.1131(d)

 
 
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 19, 2017