Requires teachers of health and physical education in grades kindergarten through six in public schools to possess the appropriate endorsement to the instructional certificate, and includes a “grandfather” provision.
NJEA supports S-858 (Turner, Diegnan). This bill would require that teachers of health and physical education in elementary schools possess an instructional certificate in the subject. It also includes a grandfathering provision for individuals who possess an elementary certificate prior to the passage of the bill.
Currently, administrative code allows elementary school teachers to teach health and/or physical education without holding a certificate specific to these subjects, as long as they are teaching the subject less than half time. This is a disservice to students.
Physical education teachers are specifically trained in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, and motor development. They need to teach students skills and ensure that the children they teach are engaging in appropriate physical activities. A generalist might not possess this knowledge. Those who teach health, likewise, are trained in the best ways to present material that can be difficult.
We best serve our students when the individuals who are teaching them have the knowledge specific to the subject and age they teach. This bill will ensure that our students are getting the best instruction they can.
NJEA asks you vote yes on S-858
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