WSR 08-20-090




[ Filed September 29, 2008, 9:51 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-01-124.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New sections WAC 181-78A-125 Field placement agreements and 181-78A-132 Programs approved in other state operating field experiences in Washington state.

Hearing Location(s): Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662, on November 19, 2008, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 19, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Jennifer Wallace, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4548, by November 10, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Nasue Nishida by March 10, 2008, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6275.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed new sections to this chapter put into place field placement agreements and criteria for higher education preparation programs organizing and operating field experiences in Washington state.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210 and 28A.410.010.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Professional educator standards board, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jennifer Wallace, P.O. Box 42736, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-6275.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed amendment does not have an impact on small business and therefore does not meet the requirements for a statement under RCW 19.85.030 (1) or (2).

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 47236, phone (360) 725-6275, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail

September 29, 2008

Nasue Nishida

Legislative and

Policy Coordinator


WAC 181-78A-125   Field placement agreements.   All educator preparation programs approved by the professional educator standards board shall establish and maintain field placement agreements with all Washington school districts in which candidates are placed for field experiences leading to certification or endorsement.

Each field placement agreement shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) Qualifications of the proposed site supervisor for each site and qualifications of each school's cooperating teacher/administrator;

(2) Duties and responsibilities of site supervisor and cooperating teacher/administrator;

(3) Anticipated length and nature of field experience;

(4) Signatures from district representative.


WAC 181-78A-132   Programs approved in other states operating field experiences in Washington state.   State approved preparation programs at a regionally accredited college or university in the professional field for which certification is issued that wish to enroll candidates for certification or endorsement in a supervised field experience within Washington state shall comply with the following:

(1) Application for approval. Each institution must submit a proposal that addresses components adopted and published by the professional educator standards board, including:

(a) Verification of regional accreditation;

(b) Verification of state approval;

(c) Verification of higher education coordinating board approval (if offering degree program);

(d) Planned certification or endorsement program;

(e) Proposed start date;

(f) Projected enrollment;

(g) Data indicating need for program related to geographic location or nature of program offered;

(h) Indication of Washington school district support for program;

(i) Explanation of means by which program will ensure candidates have formalized learning opportunities rooted in Washington state standards.

(2) Field placement agreements. Institutions must comply with requirements of WAC 181-78A-125.

(3) Annual data reporting.

(4) The professional educator standards board shall publish on its web site a list of those out-of-state programs approved to offer field experiences within Washington state.

(5) The professional educator standards board shall publish on its web site relevant program approval status information on the out-of-state program from the state in which the program is approved.

(6) Institutions will comply with applicable annual data reporting requirements requested by the professional educator standards board.


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