WSR 13-11-072

PERMANENT RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed May 16, 2013, 11:30 a.m. , effective June 16, 2013 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: Amends WAC 181-79A-251 to provide for extensions to school psychologist expiring certificates due to the only state approved provider ceasing operations. Technical corrections.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending x [WAC 181-79A-251].

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 13-08-027 on March 27, 2013.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting David Brenna, 600 Washington Street South, Room 400, Olympia, WA 98504-7236, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail david.brenna@k12.wa.us.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: May 16, 2013.

David Brenna

Senior Policy Analyst

OTS-5364.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 13-04-082, filed 2/5/13, effective 3/8/13)

WAC 181-79A-251   Residency and professional certification.   Renewal and reinstatement.

(1) Residency certificate. Residency certificates shall be renewed under one of the following options:

(a) Teachers.

(i) Individuals who hold, or have held, residency certificates have the following options for renewal past the first three-year certificate:

(A) Candidates who have attempted and failed the professional certificate assessment are eligible for a two-year renewal;

(B) Candidates who have not been employed or employed less than full-time as a teacher during the dated, three-year residency certificate may receive a two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio or may permit their certificate to lapse until such time they register for the professional certificate assessment;

(C) Candidates whose three-year residency certificate has lapsed may receive a two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio for the professional certificate assessment;

(D) Individuals who complete a National Board Certification assessment but do not earn National Board Certification, may use that completed assessment to renew the residency certificate for two years.

(ii) A residency certificate expires after the first renewal if the candidate has not registered for and submitted a portfolio assessment prior to June 30th of the expiration year, to achieve the professional certificate, provided: When the first two-year renewal on residency certificates expires, teachers have two renewal options:

(A) Teachers who were employed but failed the professional certification assessment, may receive a second two-year renewal;

(B) Teachers who were unemployed or employed less than full-time during the first two-year renewal may permit their certificate to lapse and receive a second two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio for the professional certification assessment.

(C) An individual who completes a National Board Certification assessment but does not earn National Board Certification, may use that completed assessment to renew the residency certificate for two years in lieu of submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit the Washington uniform assessment portfolio as per this section, WAC 181-79A-251.

(iii) Teachers who hold expired residency certificates may be reinstated by having a district request, under WAC 181-79A-231, a transitional certification not less than five years following the final residency expiration: Provided, That the teacher registers and passes the professional certification assessment within two years.

(iv) Teachers that hold a dated residency certificate prior to September 2011 that have expiration dates past September 2011 are subject to the same renewal options as described in (a)(ii) and (iii) of this subsection.

(b) Principals/program administrators.

(i) Individuals who hold, or have held, a residency certificate and who qualify for enrollment in a professional certificate program pursuant to WAC 181-78A-535 (2)(a) may have the certificate renewed for one additional two-year period upon verification by the professional certificate program administrator that the candidate is enrolled in a state approved professional certificate program.

(ii) Individuals who hold, or have held, residency certificates who do not qualify for enrollment in a professional certificate program under WAC 181-78A-535 (2)(a) may have their residency certificates renewed for an additional five-year period by the completion of fifteen quarter credits (ten semester credits) of college credit course work, directly related to the current performance-based leadership standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270 (2)(b) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education taken since the issuance of the residency certificate.

(c) School counselors and school psychologists.

(i) Individuals who hold a residency certificate and who qualify for enrollment in a professional certificate program pursuant to WAC 181-78A-535(3) may have the certificate renewed for one additional two-year period upon verification by the professional certificate program administrator that the candidate is enrolled in a state approved professional certificate program.

(ii) Individuals who hold, or have held, a residency certificate who do not qualify for admission to a professional certificate program under WAC 181-78A-535 (3)(a) may have their residency certificates renewed for an additional five-year period by the completion of fifteen quarter credits (ten semester credits) of college credit course work, directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270 (5), (7), or (9) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education taken since the issuance of the residency certificate.

(iii) School psychologists in the process of obtaining the NCSP may apply for a one-time two-year renewal with verification of NCSP submission.

(iv) School psychologists with residency certificates dated to expire June 30, 2013, 2014, or 2015 may apply until June 30, 2016, for a one-time two-year extension.

(2) Professional certificate.

(a) Teachers.

(i) A valid professional certificate may be renewed for additional five-year periods by the completion of one hundred fifty continuing education credit hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC or by completing the professional growth plan as defined in WAC 181-79A-030. Individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours: Provided, that professional certificates issued under rules prior to September 1, 2014, retain the option of clock hours or professional growth plans for renewal. An expired professional certificate issued under rules in effect prior to September 1, 2014, may be renewed for an additional five-year period by presenting evidence to the superintendent of public instruction of completing the continuing education credit hour requirement within the five years prior to the date of the renewal application. All continuing education credit hours shall relate to either (a)(i)(A) or (B) of this subsection: Provided, That both categories (a)(i)(A) and (B) of this subsection must be represented in the one hundred fifty continuing education credit hours required for renewal:

(A) One or more of the following three standards:

(I) Effective instruction.

(II) Professional contributions.

(III) Professional development.

(B) One of the salary criteria specified in WAC 392-121-262.

(ii) Individuals not employed as a teacher in a public school or approved private school holding a professional teaching certificate may have their professional certificate renewed for a five-year period by the completion of:

(A) Fifteen quarter credits (ten semester credits) of college credit course work directly related to the current performance-based leadership standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-540; or

(B) One hundred fifty continuing education credit hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC since the certificate was issued and which relate to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-79A-207; or

(C) Beginning September 1, 2014, four professional growth plans developed annually during the period in which the certificate is valid in collaboration with the professional growth team as defined in WAC 181-79A-030 are required for renewal. The professional growth plans must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career level" benchmarks defined in WAC 181-79A-207. Individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours.

(iii) Provided, That a professional certificate may be renewed based on the possession of a valid teaching certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards at the time of application for the renewal of the professional certificate. Such renewal shall be valid for five years or until the expiration of the National Board Certificate, whichever is greater.

(b) Principals/program administrators.

(i) A professional certificate may be renewed for additional five-year periods for individuals employed as a principal, assistant principal or program administrator in a public school or approved private school by:

(A) Completion of four professional growth plans developed annually since the certificate was issued in collaboration with a minimum of three certificated colleagues that documents formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the six standards and "career level" benchmarks defined in WAC 181-78A-540(1). Individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours.

(B) Documented evidence of results of the professional growth plan on student learning.

(ii) Individuals not employed as a principal, assistant principal, or program administrator in a public school or approved private school may have their professional certificate renewed for a five-year period by the completion of:

(A) Fifteen quarter credits (ten semester credits) of college credit course work directly related to the current performance-based leadership standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-540(1) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education taken since the issuance of the professional certificate; or

(B) Completion of one hundred fifty continuing education credit hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC since the certificate was issued and which relate to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-540(1); or

(C) Completion of four professional growth plans developed annually since the certificate was issued in collaboration with the professional growth team as defined in WAC 181-79A-030 that documents formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career level" benchmarks defined in WAC 181-78A-540(2). Individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours.

(c) School counselors and school psychologists.

(i) For certificates issued under rules in effect prior to September 1, 2014, a valid professional certificate may be renewed for additional five-year periods ((for individuals employed as a school counselor or school psychologist in a public school, approved private school, or in a state agency which provides educational services to students)) by:

(A) Completion of one hundred fifty continuing education credit hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC since the certificate was issued and which relate to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270 (5), (7), or (9);

(B) Completion of four professional growth plans that are developed annually since the certificate was issued in collaboration with a minimum of three certificated colleagues or supervisor, and that documents formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and career level benchmarks defined in WAC 181-78A-540(2). Individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours; or

(C) An expired professional certificate issued under rules in effect prior to September 1, 2014, may be renewed for an additional five-year period by presenting evidence to the superintendent of public instruction of completing the continuing education credit hour requirement within the five years prior to the date of the renewal application.

(ii) Beginning September 1, 2014, a valid professional certificate may be renewed for additional five-year periods for individuals employed as a school counselor or school psychologist in a public school, approved private school, or in a state agency which provides educational services to students by completion of four professional growth plans developed annually since the certificate was issued in collaboration with the professional growth team as defined in WAC 181-79A-030 that documents formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career level" benchmarks defined in WAC 181-78A-540(2). Individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours.

(((ii))) (A) Individuals not employed as a school counselor or school psychologist in a public school or approved private school may have their professional certificate renewed for an additional five-year period by:

(((A))) (B) Completion of fifteen quarter credits (ten semester credits) of college credit course work directly related to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-540(2) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education taken since the issuance of the professional certificate; or

(((B))) (C) Completion of one hundred fifty continuing education credit hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC since the certificate was issued and which relate to the current performance-based standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-540(2);

(((C))) (D) Completion of four annual professional growth plans developed since the certificate was issued in collaboration with the professional growth team as defined in WAC 181-79A-030 that documents formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career level" benchmarks defined in WAC 181-78A-540(2). Individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours;

(((D))) (E) An expired professional certificate issued under rules in effect after September 1, 2014, may be renewed for an additional five-year period by presenting evidence to the superintendent of public instruction of completing the continuing education credit hour requirement within the five years prior to the date of the renewal application.

(iii) Provided, That a school counselor professional certificate may be renewed based on the possession of a valid school counselor certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards at the time of application for the renewal of the professional certificate. Such renewal shall be valid for five years or until the expiration of the National Board Certificate, whichever is greater; or

(((E))) (iv) Provided, That a school psychologist professional certificate may be renewed based on the possession of a valid national certified school psychology certificate issued by the national association of school psychologists at the time of application for the renewal of the professional certificate. Such renewal shall be valid for five years or until the expiration of the national certified school psychology certificate, whichever is greater.

(d) For educators holding multiple certificates in (a), (b), or (c) of this subsection, or in chapter 181-85 WAC, a professional growth plan for teacher, administrator, or education staff associate shall meet the requirement for all certificates held by an individual which is affected by this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 13-04-082, 181-79A-251, filed 2/5/13, effective 3/8/13; 12-18-005, 181-79A-251, filed 8/23/12, effective 9/23/12; 12-07-076, 181-79A-251, filed 3/20/12, effective 4/20/12; 10-16-124, 181-79A-251, filed 8/3/10, effective 9/3/10.]