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Early learning professional development standards and career pathways.
F.S. 1002.995
1002.995 Early learning professional development standards and career pathways.
(1) The department shall:
(a) Develop early learning professional development training and course standards to be utilized for school readiness program providers.
(b) Identify both formal and informal early learning career pathways with stackable credentials and certifications that allow early childhood teachers to access specialized professional development that:
1. Strengthens knowledge and teaching practices.
2. Aligns to established professional standards and core competencies.
3. Provides a progression of attainable, competency-based stackable credentials and certifications.
4. Improves outcomes for children to increase kindergarten readiness and early grade success.
(2) To the greatest extent possible, the credentials and certifications established pursuant to this section shall align with the training for K-12 teachers, reading coaches, and school administrators in s. 1001.215(3).
(3) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to administer this section.
History.s. 2, ch. 2019-126; s. 9, ch. 2021-9; s. 63, ch. 2021-10.