Occupational Therapy Association of Californa

School-Based Practice Credential Initiative

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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.

BRIEF HISTORY

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

Talking Points
CTC Talking Points 2.3.22 | download

CONTACT INFORMATION

California Legislators | California State Assembly | California Representative

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

RESOURCES

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

STUDENT DATA- Documentation of the Need for OT and PT
Education Data | access

Special Education Data | access
State Performance Plan Data | access