House Bill 3, passed in 2019, now prohibits the issuance or renewal of a “Legacy Master Teacher” certificate, which is a certification that a few veteran teachers still possess. Last week the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) decided to approve the proposal to eliminate the expiration date for the Legacy Master Teacher Certificate. This means any teacher who currently holds this certification will be grandfathered in to retain the certificate indefinitely.
This rule change will be finally approved at SBEC’s October 9, 2020 meeting. The SBEC met again today in a special meeting to provide more flexibility to Educator Preparation Programs to conduct field experience virtually, allowing teachers to fulfill this requirement online. Quality field experience is crucial to a teacher’s proper preparation to serve students in a classroom. SBEC staff recognizes the importance of high-quality field experience for new teachers and recommended this change be temporary, only through the 2020-2021 school year to account for the on-campus constraints due to COVID-19.