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Bill Detail: SB23-087

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Title Teacher Degree Apprenticeship Program
Status Governor Signed (05/15/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors C. Kipp (D)
D. Wilson (R)
Senate Sponsors M. Baisley (R)
J. Marchman (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 01/27/2023

As an alternative route to teacher licensure, the bill creates a
teacher degree apprenticeship program (apprenticeship program), which
builds on elements of current alternative teacher licensure programs,
including a bachelor's degree requirement, training programs approved by
the state department of education (CDE), and structured on-the-job
training. The apprenticeship program is run collaboratively with the
United States department of labor apprenticeship office (DOL office) and
utilizes apprentice mentor teachers and apprenticeship program sponsors.
The bill allows CDE to issue a teacher apprenticeship
authorization (authorization) to a person (apprentice) who is employed by
a school district, board of cooperative services, charter school, or institute
charter school (school) who is actively registered in an apprenticeship
program, and who is actively enrolled in an affiliated bachelor's degree
program from an accredited institution. The authorization is valid for 4
years while the apprentice completes the bachelor's degree requirement
of the program. CDE may renew the authorization for 2 years. An
authorization is invalid if the apprentice withdraws from any part of the
apprenticeship program or fails to make satisfactory progress.
Upon application from an entity with expertise in apprenticeship
or teacher preparation, CDE shall authorize the entity to serve as a teacher
apprenticeship program sponsor (sponsor). Applications to serve as a
sponsor must include a proposed work process schedule and related
instruction required by the DOL office. CDE shall review each
application and approve or disapprove the sponsor. If approved, the
sponsor may apply to CDE for approval of an apprenticeship program.
An apprenticeship program must meet the following criteria:
  • Be registered with the DOL office;
  • Incorporate a bachelor's degree program from an accredited
institution in a related field of study relative to the licensure
type; and
  • Incorporate on-the-job training in meaningful and
time-saving ways.
Every 5 years after apprenticeship program approval, CDE shall
consult with the DOL office concerning the federally required audit of the
apprenticeship program to ensure the apprenticeship program continues
to meet requirements.

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