California law (SB 876) added additional requirements for transitional kindergarten (TK) teachers. Pursuant to Education Code 48000(g), a school district or charter school shall ensure that credentialed teachers who are first assigned to a TK classroom after July 1, 2015, have, by August 1, 2020, one of the following:
- At least 24 units in early childhood education, or childhood development, or both.
- As determined by the local education agency (LEA) employing the teacher, professional experience in a classroom setting with preschool age children that is comparable to the 24 units of education described in bullet 1.
- A child development teacher permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Any current credentialed teacher who is or was assigned to teach TK, or a combination class of kindergarten and TK, before July 1, 2015, is “grandfathered in” to teach TK without having to meet additional requirements. Any credentialed teacher assigned to teach TK, or a combination class of kindergarten and TK, after July 1, 2015, will have until August 1, 2020, to meet the above-mentioned education requirements. For more information, visit – www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp#newtkrequire
Funds have been allocated for the purpose of reimbursing costs related to attaining units and professional development in early childhood education and child development. Funds will be disbursed twice yearly to eligible applicants as funds are available and in order of priority.
Priority 1: All current TK teachers, who are currently employed at a school district in Sacramento County and are appropriately credentialed.
Priority 2: California State Preschool Program (CSPP) paid teaching staff who are currently working with children in a CSPP classroom in Sacramento County.
- At the time of CTKS application, TK teachers must be assigned to teach in a TK classroom, or a combination class of kindergarten and TK, and hold a valid teaching credential that authorizes teaching in a TK classroom.
- CSPP teaching staff must teach in a California State Preschool classroom, working directly with children.
- Substitute teachers are not eligible.
- For CSPP teachers who are applying to both CTKS and AB 212 stipend programs, ECE/CD units used to fulfill AB 212 program requirements cannot be used to fulfill the CTKS program requirements.
Expenses Eligible for CTKS Reimbursement:
For ECE/CD College Coursework from an accredited institution
- Enrollment or registration fee
- Tuition for ECE/CD units earned with a grade of “C” or better
- Required textbook(s) for ECE/CD class(es)
- Official transcripts (sealed) from college or university showing earned ECE/CD units
For ECE/CD Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from an accredited institution
- Registration/tuition fees
- Required textbook(s)
- Official transcripts (sealed) from college or university showing earned ECE/CD CEUs
Reimbursable costs must be incurred between July 1, 2014 and June 9, 2017.
Teachers may receive a maximum of $6000 over the lifetime of the CTKS grant (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017).
- Completed CTKS application packet
- Copy of teaching credential or Child Development Permit
- Official transcripts (sealed) showing eligible ECE/CD college coursework or continuing education units.
- Original receipts for eligible expenses, e.g., registration costs, tuition, fees, books, and transcripts.
CTKS application packet due dates:
March 18, 2016
June 30, 2016
March 2017 TBA
June 2017 TBA (application packets received after this date are not eligible for reimbursement)
CTKS application packets must be submitted after successful course completion and received by one of the due dates in order to be considered for reimbursement. Reimbursement dispersals are conducted after documentation review.
Click here for a CTKS Program Reimbursement Information and Application Packet