WSR 97-20-148



[Filed October 1, 1997, 11:06 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 97-14-105.

Title of Rule: WAC 180-79A-150 General requirements--Teachers, administrators, educational staff associates.

Purpose: The amendment will allow individuals with vocational teacher certificates to meet the teachers certificate requirement for a principal's certificate.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.010.

Summary: See Purpose above.

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 97-04-088, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97)

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 vocational 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 vocational certificate must give evidence of good moral character and personal fitness as specified in WAC 180-79A-122 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-205.

(4) 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-205, 180-79A-230, 180-79A-236, and 180-79A-241 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. In addition, candidates for principal's certificates must hold a valid teacher's certificate, excluding certificates issued under WAC 180-79A-230, 180-79A-236, or 180-79A-241 ((or chapter 180-77 WAC)), or comparable out-of-state certificates. Candidates for superintendent's certificates must hold a valid teacher, educational staff associate, or program administrator certificate; excluding certificates issued under WAC 180-79A-230, 180-79A-236, or 180-79A-241 ((or chapter 180-77 WAC)), or comparable out-of-state certificates.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 97-04-088, 180-79A-150, filed 2/5/97, effective 3/8/97.]

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