WSR 11-07-053




[ Filed March 17, 2011, 10:35 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-08-102.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 181-82A-208 Specialty endorsements, program requirements are waived for the orientation and mobility endorsement and requirements are clarified at request from the field.

Hearing Location(s): Holiday Inn Express, 4525 Convention Place, Pasco, WA 99301, on May 5, 2011, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 5, 2011.

Submit Written Comments to: David Brenna, Legislative and Policy Coordinator, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4548, by April 28, 2011.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact David Brenna by April 28, 2011, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6238.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Board originally created the orientation and mobility specialty endorsement to require approved program completion. No programs exist in this state. The endorsement will now be available for individuals that attend nationally recognized programs and have been certified through those programs.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Assures professionals in our state can be endorsed.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210.

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

Name of Proponent: Professional educators [educator] standards board, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: David Brenna, P.O. Box 42736 [47236], Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-6238.

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 David Brenna, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-3631, e-mail

March 17, 2011

David Brenna

Legislative and

Policy Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 10-17-015, filed 8/5/10, effective 9/5/10)

WAC 181-82A-208   Specialty endorsements.   The following specialty endorsements may be added to an existing endorsed teaching certificate:

(1) Deaf education (per RCW 28A.410.225).

(a) This specialty endorsement is required for teachers who will be working almost exclusively with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

(b) Program requirements are waived and this specialty endorsement granted if a candidate possesses a baccalaureate or master's degree in deaf education from a teacher training program approved by the council on education of the deaf.

(2) Environmental and sustainability education.

(3) Teacher of the visually impaired.

(4) Orientation and mobility teacher.

(a) Program requirements are waived and this specialty endorsement granted if a teacher possesses a baccalaureate or master's degree in orientation and mobility from a teacher training program approved by the association for education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired; or

(b) Possesses a certified orientation and mobility specialist certificate from the academy for certification of vision rehabilitation and education professionals.

(5) Gifted education.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 10-17-015, 181-82A-208, filed 8/5/10, effective 9/5/10; 09-12-087, 181-82A-208, filed 6/1/09, effective 7/2/09; 06-20-063, 181-82A-208, filed 9/29/06, effective 10/30/06.]

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