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The Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Service Credential Initiative support a process for occupational therapists (OT) and physical therapists (PT) to obtain credential status with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). OTs and PTs are the only Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) professional services not eligible for a credential. This inequity needs to change.
OTAC CPTA POSITION - Request to CTC
OTAC and CPTA support a Services Credential for Occupational Therapists (OT) and Physical Therapists (PT) based upon the current rigor of accredited OT and PT programs and California licensure requirements with consideration of additional educationally related required coursework embedded into existing continuing education licensure requirements to eliminate any barriers to recruitment and retention.
OTAC CPTA Services Credential Initiative History - CTC + Stakeholders | download
EDUCATION CODE - EDC
ARTICLE 4. Credential Types [44250 - 44277] ( Article 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. ) | access
PLAN OF ACTION
How You Can Help
Build awareness of the benefits of an OT PT Services Credential among colleagues, administrators, and agencies.
Share Credential Initiative Information (Meet in person, send letters, email) to LEA Administrators, CTC Members, SELPA Directors, Legislators, Union Representatives
CTC Talking Points 2.3.22 | download
California Legislators by SELPA Name | access
Commission on Teacher Credentialing | https://www.ctc.ca.gov/commission/commissioners
CSEA Union Representatives | https://csea.com/get-connected/contact-us
IDEA Related Services Definition of Occupational Therapy | Section 300.34 https://sites.ed.gov/idea/regs/b/a/300.34
Guidelines for OT and PT in CA Public Schools | https://www.bot.ca.gov/forms_pubs/otpot_guidelines...
AOTA Fact Sheets School-Based Practice