Certification

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Are there any changes in the certification of special education consultants or in the limits to their evaluation capabilities? Specifically, cognitive evaluation?

There have been no changes to Chapter 115, Certification Authorization, and Approval of Education Personnel, Part II. Certificate 079: Special Education Consultant is still defined as follows:

A. Function: This certificate allows the holder to serve in kindergarten through grade 12 as a special education consultant in a public school, an approved private school, or an approved special education program. A special education consultant is one who provides educational assessments, consultation, and interventions for the purpose of identification, programming, or placement of special education students. Services are limited to the holder's area of training and expertise. This certificate does not authorize a person to serve as a school psychological service provider.

Note: This certificate does allow the holder to work with children birth to five through Child Development Services (CDS).

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