WSR 02-10-087



[ Filed April 29, 2002, 2:51 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 02-05-060.

Title of Rule: WAC 180-79A-250 Initial/residency and continuing/professional certificates -- renewal, reinstatement, and continuing education requirements.

Purpose: This proposed amendment clarifies the time period for renewal credits for the professional certificate, distinguishing between an expired and unexpired certificate at the time of renewal.

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) 725-6024.

Name of Proponent: State Board of Education.

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

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

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See Purpose above.

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

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Not applicable.

Hearing Location: Senate Hearing Room 4, John A. Cherberg Building, 304 15th Avenue S.E. [S.W.], Olympia, WA 98504-0482, on June 20, 2002, at 8:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore by June 6, 2002, TDD (360) 664-3631, or (360) 725-6027.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, by June 6, 2002.

Date of Intended Adoption: June 21, 2002.

April 26, 2002

Larry Davis

Executive Director


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-13-111, filed 6/20/01, effective 7/21/01)

WAC 180-79A-250   Initial/residency and continuing/professional certificates -- Renewal, reinstatement, and continuing education requirements.   The following shall apply to initial/residency and continuing/professional certificates issued pursuant to this chapter:

(1) Initial certificate.

An initial teacher certificate may be renewed for an additional three-year period on application and verification that the individual has completed all course work requirements from a regionally accredited institution of higher education as defined in WAC 180-78A-010(6) for continuing certification or has completed at least fifteen quarter credit hours (ten semester credit hours) since the certificate was issued or renewed. After August 31, 2000, provisions of WAC 180-79A-123 will apply.

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

(a) Individuals who hold, or have held, a residency certificate and who qualify for admission to a professional certificate program pursuant to WAC 180-78A-535(1) may have the certificate renewed for one additional two-year period upon verification by the professional certificate administrator that the candidate is enrolled in and is making satisfactory progress in a state approved professional certificate program.

(b) Individuals who hold, or have held, residency certificates who do not qualify for admission to a professional certificate program pursuant to WAC 180-78A-535(1) may have their residency certificates renewed for one additional five-year period by the completion of fifteen quarter credits (ten semester credits) of college credit course work (normally one hundred level or higher) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education taken since the issuance of the residency certificate.

(c) All other individuals who hold, or have held, residency certificates may have their certificates renewed only by appeal to the state board of education, or its designated appeals committee. The following conditions apply to such appeals:

(i) Teachers who appeal shall present a rationale and evidence to support their request to have their residency certificates renewed.

(ii) The state board of education, or its designated appeals committee, in making its decision shall determine the length of the renewal and may establish specific conditions (such as course work requirements) as prerequisites for the reissuance of the residency certificate.

(3) Continuing certificate.

(a) The continuing certificates of holders who were eligible for such certificates prior to August 31, 1987, and who applied for such certificates prior to July 1, 1988, or who would have been eligible for such certificates prior to August 31, 1987, but for one of the three-year experience requirement and who complete such requirement and apply for such certificate prior to August 31, 1988, will be valid for life. Holders of valid continuing certificates affected by this subsection shall be entitled to have such certificate reissued and subject to the terms and conditions applicable to certification at the time of reissuance including the continuing education requirements of chapter 180-85 WAC.

(b) All continuing certificates not affected by the exception stated in (a) of this subsection shall lapse if the holder does not complete the continuing education requirement, to include the filing requirement specified in chapter 180-85 WAC. To reinstate such a lapsed continuing certificate the individual must complete the requirements for reinstatement stated within chapter 180-85 WAC and must meet the conditions stated in WAC 180-79A-253.

(4) Professional certificate. 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 180-85 WAC since the certificate was issued. An expired professional certificate 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) or (b) of this subsection: Provided, That both categories (a) and (b) must be represented in the one hundred fifty continuing education credit hours required for renewal:

(a) One or more of the following three standards outlined in WAC 180-78A-540:

(i) Effective instruction.

(ii) Leadership.

(iii) Professional development.

(b) One of the salary criteria specified in RCW 28A.415.023.

(i) Is consistent with a school-based plan for mastery of student learning goals as referenced in RCW 28A.320.205, the annual school performance report, for the school in which the individual is assigned;

(ii) Pertains to the individual's current assignment or expected assignment for the subsequent school year;

(iii) Is necessary to obtain an endorsement as prescribed by the state board of education;

(iv) Is specifically required to obtain advanced levels of certification; or

(v) Is included in a college or university degree program that pertains to the individual's current assignment, or potential future assignment, as a certified instructional staff.

(5) 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.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 01-13-111, 180-79A-250, filed 6/20/01, effective 7/21/01; 01-09-004, 180-79A-250, filed 4/5/01, effective 5/6/01; 00-03-048, 180-79A-250, filed 1/14/00, effective 2/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-79A-250, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]

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