WSR 02-10-050



[ Filed April 25, 2002, 1:26 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 180-79A WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.410.010.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To do one or more of the following, as deemed appropriate: Make technical adjustments, clarify existing provisions, repeal unnecessary wording, repeal provisions unsupported by rule-making authority, or provide greater flexibility or discretion to persons or entities subject to the rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: Early solicitation of public comments and recommendations respecting new, amended or repealed rules, and consideration of the comments and recommendations in the course of drafting rules.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Larry Davis at (360) 725-6024, or send written comments to Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, fax (360) 586-2357, TTY (360) 664-3631.

April 19, 2002

Larry Davis

Executive Director


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-04-018, filed 1/24/02, effective 2/24/02)

WAC 180-79A-150   General requirements -- Teachers, administrators, educational staff associates.   The following requirements are to be met by candidates for certification as teachers including career and technical education teachers, administrators, or educational staff associates:

(1) Age. No person who is less than eighteen years of age shall receive a certificate to serve in the public or nonpublic schools of Washington state.

(2) Character. Applicants for certificates in Washington state who are not holders of a valid Washington state teacher's, administrator's, educational staff associate's, or career and technical education certificate must give evidence of good moral character and personal fitness as specified in WAC 180-79A-155 and must complete a record check through the Washington state patrol criminal identification system and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the applicant's expense as required by RCW 28A.410.010; such record check shall include a fingerprint check using a Washington state patrol approved fingerprint card: Provided, That the superintendent of public instruction may waive the record check for an applicant who has had a record check within the two years prior to application.

(3) Degrees and course work. A candidate for certification shall hold appropriate degrees, licenses, and additional course work as prescribed in chapters 180-79A and 180-77 WAC or have qualified under WAC 180-79A-257.

(4)(a) Approved preparation program. Applicants for certification as teachers, administrators, school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers, except as otherwise provided in WAC 180-79A-257, and 180-79A-231, and in chapter 180-77 WAC, in order to be certified within the state of Washington shall have completed a state approved college/university preparation program in the professional field for which certification is to be issued.

(b) In addition, candidates for principal's certificates must hold or have held:

(i) A valid teacher's certificate, excluding certificates issued under WAC 180-79A-231, or comparable out-of-state certificates; or

(ii) A valid educational staff associate certificate and have demonstrated successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students. Persons whose teacher or educational staff associate certificates were revoked, suspended, or surrendered are not eligible for principal's certificates. Candidates for superintendent's certificates must hold a valid teacher, educational staff associate, program administrator, or principal certificate; excluding certificates issued under WAC 180-79A-231, or comparable out-of-state certificates.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) through (4). 02-04-018, 180-79A-150, filed 1/24/02, effective 2/24/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 99-23-023, 180-79A-150, filed 11/9/99, effective 12/10/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-79A-150, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 98-01-030, 180-79A-150, filed 12/8/97, effective 1/8/98; 97-04-088, 180-79A-150, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97.]

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