§233.2: Generalist

(a) Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 4. The Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 4 certificate may be issued no earlier than September 1, 2002. The provisions of this subsection shall expire on September 1, 2011. The holder of the Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 4 certificate may teach the following content areas in a prekindergarten program, in kindergarten, and in Grades 1-4:

(1) Art;

(2) Health;

(3) Music;

(4) Physical Education;

(5) English Language Arts and Reading;

(6) Mathematics;

(7) Science;

(8) Social Studies; and

(9) Technology Applications.

(b) Generalist: Grades 4-8. The Generalist: Grades 4-8 certificate may be issued no earlier than September 1, 2002. The holder of the Generalist: Grades 4-8 certificate may teach the following content areas in Grades 4-8:

(1) English Language Arts and Reading;

(2) Mathematics;

(3) Science; and

(4) Social Studies.

(c) Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 6. The Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 6 certificate may be issued no earlier than September 1, 2008. The holder of the Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 6 certificate may teach the following content areas in a prekindergarten program, in kindergarten, and in Grades 1-6:

(1) Art;

(2) Health;

(3) Music;

(4) Physical Education;

(5) English Language Arts and Reading;

(6) Mathematics;

(7) Science;

(8) Social Studies; and

(9) Technology Applications.

(d) The holder of the Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 4, Bilingual Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 4, or English as a Second Language Generalist: Early Childhood-Grade 4 certificates may be assigned to teach the content areas specified in subsection (a) of this section in a self-contained classroom in Grades 5 and 6 during the school years 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007. Standard certificate holders assigned prior to the 2007-2008 school year, in accordance with this subsection, may remain in these assignments, at the discretion of the employing school districts, through the 2009-2010 school year.

(1) The superintendent of a school district or designee must report the assignment to the State Board for Educator Certification in a manner approved by the Texas Education Agency staff.

(2) The superintendent or designee must affirm:

(A) the school district's efforts to recruit and employ a fully certified and qualified teacher for the assignment, including the reason for determining as unqualified each appropriately certified applicant. The district must maintain documentation of its recruiting efforts for a period of two years from the date of the making of the record;

(B) that the holder of one of the certificates specified in this subsection will be provided with a trained mentor for the entire period of the assignment to help the person perform effectively in the assignment; and

(C) that written consent has been obtained from the holder of one of the certificates specified in this subsection prior to assignment to self-contained classes in Grades 5 or 6.

(i) A teacher who refuses to consent to assignment under the provisions of this subsection may not be terminated, nonrenewed, or otherwise retaliated against because of the teacher's refusal to consent to the assignment.

(ii) A teacher's refusal to consent to the assignment under the provisions of this subsection shall not impair a school district's right to implement a necessary reduction in force or other personnel action in accordance with school district policy.

(3) Individuals assigned to self-contained classrooms in Grades 5 and 6 under the provisions of this subsection are subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code, §21.057.

(4) The provisions of this subsection shall expire on August 1, 2010. The provisions of this subsection include 2009-2010 summer school programs and exclude programs beginning in fall 2010.

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Source Note: The provisions of this §233.2 adopted to be effective June 9, 2002, 27 TexReg 4699; amended to be effective February 6, 2003, 28 TexReg 935; amended to be effective July 31, 2006, 31 TexReg 5963; amended to be effective October 17, 2007, 32 TexReg 7262; amended to be effective June 22, 2008, 33 TexReg 4670; amended to be effective June 21, 2009, 34 TexReg 3943