Questions Regarding Teaching At Risk Students
Since there is no specific endorsement for teaching students whom are identified as at-risk, the licensure requirements indicate that the instructor must hold an endorsement applicable for the grade level of instruction if supervising or overseeing on-line or multiple subject credit recovery programs. Therefore, a teacher who holds the general elementary classroom teaching endorsement is authorized to oversee elementary level (grades K-8) at-risk /dropout prevention programs. The teacher who holds a secondary level endorsement is authorized to oversee secondary level (grades 5-12) at-risk /dropout prevention programs.
A teacher who is responsible for the direct instruction of content (Math, Science, Language Arts etc) is required to hold the proper endorsement for the content being taught at the appropriate grade level. Therefore, a teacher who is teaching Math for Math credit, to a group of secondary grade level students whom are identified as at-risk, or in an alternative setting, would need the 5-12 Math endorsement.
If the position is K-12 at-risk coordinator and does not involve direct instruction of students, the coordinator is required to hold a teaching license but is not required to be licensed on both levels; however, if the coordinator also instructs on one or both levels, then that coordinator must be properly endorsed on the applicable levels. Thus, if the K-12 coordinator organizes the program by working with the secondary teachers but instructs the elementary students, the coordinator would only have to hold the general elementary classroom teaching endorsement.