9. What are the qualifications for staff who are teaching this pre-K program?

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Per the Commissioner’s Regulations,

(e) Staff qualifications

(1) Prekindergarten teachers providing instruction through this Part shall possess:

(i) a teaching license or certificate valid for service in the early childhood grades pursuant to Part 80 of this Title; or

(ii) a teaching license or certificate for students with disabilities valid for service in early childhood grades pursuant to Part 80 of this Title; or

(iii) for eligible agencies collaborating with the district to provide prekindergarten services, a bachelor's degree in early childhood education  or a related field, or a teaching license or certificate valid for services in the childhood grades pursuant to Part 80 of this Title, and a written plan to obtain a certification valid for service in the early childhood grades within five years; or

(iv) eligible agencies collaborating with the district to provide prekindergarten services and licensed by an agency other than the State Education Department may employ staff who meet the standards of the licensing or registering agency, until the beginning of the 2008 - 2009 school year, at which time all prekindergarten teachers shall meet the qualifications set forth in subparagraphs (i)-(iii) of this
paragraph.

(2) Until all universal prekindergarten teachers at an eligible agency site possess a teaching license or certificate valid for services in the early childhood or childhood grades, the agencies operating such programs shall employ an on-site education director during the hours that the prekindergarten program is in operation that will be responsible for program implementation. The on-site director shall possess a teaching license or certificate valid for services in the early childhood or childhood grades pursuant to Part 80 of this Title.

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