WSR 97-20-134

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

[Filed October 1, 1997, 10:32 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 97-10-016.

Title of Rule: Chapter 180-77 WAC, Standards for vocational certification.

Purpose: Editorial changes are needed for greater accuracy and clarity.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.010.

Summary: Editorial changes.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See Purpose above.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, (360) 753-6715.

Name of Proponent: State Board of Education, governmental.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See above.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not applicable.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. Not applicable.

Hearing Location: Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004, on November 19, 1997, at 1:00 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Patty Martin by October 16, 1997, TDD (360) 664-3631, or (360) 753-6715.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, FAX (360) 586-2357.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 21, 1997.

September 30, 1997

Larry Davis

Executive Director

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-04-085, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97)

WAC 180-77-003 Definitions. The following definitions shall apply to terms used in this chapter:

(1) "Approved program for training vocational teachers and vocational counselors" shall be defined as any program approved by the state board of education which complies with chapter ((180-78)) 180-77A WAC.

(2) "Vocational educator training" shall mean those vocational programs, courses, seminars and workshops offered for the purpose of vocational certification in compliance with chapter 180-85 WAC.

(3) "General safety" shall mean course work approved by the state board of education and/or its designee that is designed to provide skill and knowledge common to all vocational instructors in safety.

(4) "Specific safety requirements" shall mean completion of course work approved by the state board of education and/or its designee which is designed to provide the vocational instructor with the specific skill and knowledge of safety for the occupation he or she is to teach.

(5) "Learning period" shall mean the amount of time required prior to becoming gainfully employed at the journeyman or equivalent level in the occupation being taught. In any case, this shall be no less than one year.

(6) "Management experience" shall mean work as a supervisor, foreman or manager in the occupational area in which the person will instruct.

(7) "Occupational experience" shall mean paid or unpaid work experience in the career field to be taught.

(8) "One year of occupational experience" shall equal two thousand hours of employment.

(9) "Professional education" shall mean those programs, courses, seminars and workshops that are designed to improve teaching ability.

(10) "Professional experience" shall mean employment in vocational education in the discipline and/or specialty for which the application has been submitted.

(11) "Quarter hours or the equivalent" shall mean one quarter credit, two-thirds semester credit, ten clock hours or one hundred hours of occupational experience.

(12) "Technical education/upgrading" shall mean those vocational programs, courses, seminars and workshops which are designed to improve the skills and/or knowledge in the discipline in which the application is being made.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 97-04-085, 180-77-003, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97; 95-12-056, 180-77-003, filed 6/2/95, effective 7/3/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.70.005. 78-10-003 (Order 11-78), 180-77-003, filed 9/7/78.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-12-056, filed 6/2/95, effective 7/3/95)

WAC 180-77-014 Requirements for limited certification. (1) Probationary certificate. The probationary certificate is valid for two years and is renewable one time for two additional years upon recommendation of the employing district if the individual has completed the procedures outlined for the first year in the professional growth plan and has made additional progress in meeting the requirements for the initial vocational certificate.

The candidate for a probationary certificate must have substantially completed requirements for the initial vocational certificate as set forth in WAC 180-77-031 or 180-77-041.

(a) Such a certificate may be issued upon recommendation by the employing school district.

(b) The ((vocational instructor)) candidate shall have developed a professional growth plan in cooperation with the vocational administrator ((and the candidate to be employed)). The plan must be approved by the local school district vocational program advisory committee, to which the candidate is assigned. The plan shall provide for orientation, prior to the commencement of the teaching assignment, in the following:

(i) Issues related to legal liability;

(ii) The responsibilities of professional vocational educators; and

(iii) The lines of authority in the employing school district and/or building.

Within the first sixty working days, the plan shall establish procedures for the vocational instructor to develop competencies in the following:

(iv) Vocational methods; and

(v) General and specific safety.

If the ((vocational instructor)) candidate does not have access to the required course work within the first ninety working days, the local school district vocational advisory committee responsible may authorize the completion of the course work at a later date. The required course work shall be completed prior to the second year of employment.

(vi) The plan shall develop procedures and timelines for the vocational instructor to meet the requirements for the initial vocational certificate.

(vii) Provided, That candidates for probationary certificates as a coordinator of work-based learning shall have completed a course in coordination techniques and either:

(A) Possess a valid initial or continuing vocational teacher certificate; or

(B) Have completed five hundred hours of occupational experience within the past six years.

(2) Conditional vocational certificate. Notwithstanding other requirements prescribed in this chapter for eligibility for vocational certification in the state of Washington, the one-year conditional vocational certificate may be issued under specific circumstances set forth below for limited service:

(a) The issuance of the conditional vocational certificate may be issued only under unique and special circumstances where no regularly certificated vocational instructor is available and is limited to:

(i) Persons highly qualified and experienced in the knowledge and occupational skills of the vocational program to be certified; or

(ii) Persons who meet the occupational experience requirements for vocational certification; or

(iii) Persons who will be employed in new and emerging occupations as identified by the state board of education and/or its designee.

(b) The certificate is issued to individuals who are screened by the local vocational administrator and school district superintendent or designee. The local vocational administrator or superintendent will verify that the following criteria have been met when requesting the conditional vocational certificate:

(i) No person with vocational certification in the field is available as verified by the local vocational administrator or superintendent;

(ii) The individual is being certified for a limited assignment and responsibility in a specified vocational program area;

(iii) Personnel so certificated will be oriented and prepared for the specific assignment and will be apprised of any legal liability, the lines of authority and the duration of the assignment;

(iv) The vocational administrator and local program advisory committee will indicate the basis on which he/she has determined that the individual is competent for the assignment;

(v) A written work and/or educational experience training plan as specified in WAC 180-77-014 (1)(b) is on file with the employing district.

(c) The certificate is valid for one year and only for the teaching area specified on the certificate. The certificate may be reissued on application and evidence that requirements continue to be met.

(3) Substitute vocational certificates. Substitute vocational certificates may be issued to candidates who meet the requirements in WAC ((180-79-230(2))) 180-79A-230(2).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 95-12-056, 180-77-014, filed 6/2/95, effective 7/3/95.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 11-78, filed 9/7/78)

WAC 180-77-025 Personnel assignment. Vocational teachers teaching other secondary school subjects and vocational counselors serving in addition as general counselors need to hold a valid certificate as provided for in chapter ((180-79 WAC, Professional preparation certification requirements)) 180-79A WAC, Standards for teacher, administrator, and educational staff associate certification.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.70.005. 78-10-003 (Order 11-78), 180-77-025, filed 9/7/78.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-04-085, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97)

WAC 180-77-031 Requirements for candidates seeking vocational certification ((of instructors who complete)) through completion of approved college/university programs. Candidates for certification through the completion of approved programs shall complete the following requirements in addition to those set forth in WAC ((180-75-081, 180-75-085 (1) and (2))) 180-79A-122, 180-79A-150 (1) and (2), and chapter ((180-78)) 180-78A WAC.

(1) Initial.

(a) Candidates for the initial certificate shall hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university which includes a minimum of forty-five quarter hours of study in the specific vocational subject area for which certification is sought.

(b) Candidates for the initial certificate shall demonstrate competency in one or more of the major categories of WAC 180-77A-170, Program area standards.

(c) Candidates for the initial certificate shall complete a state approved vocational teacher training program through a regionally accredited college or university which shall include completion of student teaching in the relevant vocational subject area.

(d) Candidates for the initial certificate shall demonstrate competence in the general standards for all vocational-technical teacher certificate candidates pursuant to WAC 180-77A-165, which include but are not limited to knowledge and skills in the following areas:

(i) General and specific safety;

(ii) Vocational teaching methods;

(iii) Occupational analysis;

(iv) Course organization and curriculum design;

(v) Philosophy of vocational education;

(vi) Personal student development and leadership techniques.

(e) In addition, candidates for initial certification in diversified occupations or coordinator of work based learning shall demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills described in WAC 180-77A-180.

(f) Candidates for the initial certificate shall provide documentation of one year of paid occupational experience (two thousand hours) in the specific vocational field for which certification is sought. If all or part of the two thousand hours is more than six years old, candidates must complete an additional three hundred hours of recent (occurring in the last two years) occupational experience.

(2) Initial renewal. Candidates for renewal of the initial certificate must complete three quarter hours of credit or thirty clock hours of vocational educator training in the subject area certified to teach since the initial certificate was issued or renewed.

(3) Continuing.

(a) Candidates for the continuing certificate shall have in addition to the requirements for the initial certificate at least nine quarter hours or ninety clock hours of vocational educator training in the vocational subject area to be certified completed subsequent to the conferral of the baccalaureate degree.

(b) Candidates for the continuing certificate shall provide as a condition for the issuance of a continuing certificate documentation of two years of teaching/coordination in the vocational subject area certified to teach with an authorized employer--i.e., school district(s) or skills center(s).

(4) Continuing certificate renewal.

(a) Candidates for renewal of the continuing certificate shall complete since the previous continuing certificate was issued one of the following:

(i) Six quarter hours or sixty clock hours of vocational educator training;

(ii) Three quarter hours or thirty clock hours of vocational educator training and three quarter hours or thirty clock hours of technical education/upgrading;

(iii) Three quarter hours or thirty clock hours of vocational educator training and three hundred hours of occupational experience.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 97-04-085, 180-77-031, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97; 95-12-056, 180-77-031, filed 6/2/95, effective 7/3/95.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-04-085, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97)

WAC 180-77-041 Requirements for candidates seeking vocational certification ((of instructors)) on the basis of business and industry work experience. Candidates for certification who have not completed approved programs set forth in WAC 180-77A-028 shall complete the following requirements in addition to those set forth in WAC ((180-75-081 and 180-75-085 (1) and (2))) 180-79A-122 and 180-79A-150 (1) and (2).

(1) Initial.

(a) Candidates for the initial certificate shall provide documentation of three years (six thousand hours) of paid occupational experience in the specific vocational subcategory for which certification is sought. One year (two thousand hours) must be within the past six years. If all or part of the two thousand hours is more than six years old, candidates must complete an additional three hundred hours of recent (occurring in the last two years) occupational experience.

(b) Candidates for the initial certificate shall demonstrate competence in the general standards for all vocational-technical teacher certificate candidates pursuant to WAC 180-77A-165, which include but are not limited to knowledge and skills in the following areas:

(i) General and specific safety;

(ii) Vocational teaching methods;

(iii) Occupational analysis;

(iv) Course organization and curriculum design;

(v) Philosophy of vocational education;

(vi) Personal student development and leadership techniques.

(c) Provided, until such time as two or more programs are approved by the SBE under WAC 180-77A-029, candidates shall complete a minimum of twenty-five quarter hours or two hundred fifty hours of vocational educator training and/or technical education/upgrading of which a minimum of ten quarter hours or one hundred clock hours of competency-based course work must be in the above areas.

(d) Candidates for the initial certificate shall also demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas:

(i) School law;

(ii) Issues related to abuse as specified in WAC ((180-78-165(3))) 180-78A-165 (1)(t).

(e) In addition, candidates for initial certification in diversified occupations or coordinator of work based learning shall demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills described in WAC 180-77A-180.

(2) Initial renewal. Candidates for renewal of the initial certificate must complete three quarter hours of credit or thirty clock hours of vocational educator training in the subject matter certified to teach since the initial certificate was issued or renewed.

(3) Continuing.

(a) Candidates for the continuing certificate shall have in addition to the requirements for the initial certificate at least nine quarter hours or ninety clock hours of vocational educator training in the vocational subject matter to be certified completed subsequent to the issuance of the initial certificate.

(b) Candidates for the continuing certificate shall provide as a condition for the issuance of a continuing certificate documentation of two years of teaching/coordination in the vocational subject matter certified to teach with an authorized employer--i.e., school district(s) or skills center(s).

(4) Continuing certificate renewal.

(a) Candidates for renewal of the continuing certificate shall complete since the previous continuing certificate was issued one of the following:

(i) Six quarter hours or sixty clock hours of vocational educator training;

(ii) Three quarter hours or thirty clock hours of vocational educator training and three quarter hours or thirty clock hours of technical education/upgrading;

(iii) Three quarter hours or thirty clock hours of vocational educator training and three hundred hours of occupational experience.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 97-04-085, 180-77-041, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97; 95-12-056, 180-77-041, filed 6/2/95, effective 7/3/95.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-04-085, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97)

WAC 180-77-120 Out-of-state candidates. Out-of-state applicants shall be eligible for Washington vocational certificates if they meet the standards in chapter 180-77 WAC or as follows: Provided, That candidates who apply for a vocational certificate who have not successfully completed course work or an in-service program including a minimum of ten clock hours of instruction on issues of abuse, must complete such course work or in-service program as a condition of the issuance of a vocational certificate. The content of the course work or in-service program shall discuss the identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse, information on the impact of abuse on the behavior and learning abilities of students, discussion of the responsibilities of a teacher to report abuse or provide assistance to students who are victims of abuse, and methods for teaching students about abuse of all types and their prevention.

(1) Initial certificate. The initial certificate shall be issued by the superintendent of public instruction to a candidate who has two thousand hours of paid occupational experience and who meets one of the following:

(a) Qualifies under provisions of the interstate compact;

(b) Holds the appropriate degree and, if applicable, credit hours and/or licensing as set forth in this chapter and has completed a state-approved preparation program at a regionally accredited college or university in the professional field for which the certificate is to be issued and such additional professional fields as required by WAC ((180-79-049)) 180-79A-150(4);

(c) Holds an appropriate vocational certificate issued by another state and has practiced at the P-12 level in that respective role outside the state of Washington for three years and has completed the ten quarter hours of academic study as specified in WAC 180-77-041 (1)(c).

(2) Continuing certificate. The continuing certificate shall be issued on verification that the candidate has met all requirements for initial and continuing certification in the state of Washington.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 97-04-085, 180-77-120, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97; 95-12-056, 180-77-120, filed 6/2/95, effective 7/3/95.]

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