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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.
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OTAC CPTA Services Credential Initiative History - CTC + Stakeholders | download
OT Credentialing History | 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
OT/PT Credential Fact Sheet | download
California SELPA Information | https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/as/caselpas.asp
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