Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Establishes a specific process for seeking approval from the professional educator standards board for offering a specialty endorsement.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 181-82A-207.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 07-20-106 on October 2, 2007.
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Date Adopted: November 8, 2007.
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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-20-063, filed 9/29/06, effective 10/30/06)
WAC 181-82A-207 Specialty endorsement ((
(1) Specialty endorsements prepare a
teacher (( candidate)) to work with a specific student
population/demographic and/or subject matter area, and are
created to help (( candidates)) teachers specialize beyond the
required certificate endorsements as stated in WAC 181-82A-202. Specialty endorsements have unique endorsement
competencies not found in any of the existing endorsements.
(1) Candidates completing specialty endorsements shall
complete the following:
(a) Complete a college/university teacher specialty endorsement program approved by the professional educator standards board pursuant to chapter 181-78A WAC, which includes methodology (see WAC 181-78A-264(5)) and field experience/internship (see WAC 181-78A-264(6)) and pursuant to endorsement program approval requirements in this chapter; and
(b) Pass the subject knowledge test for the specialty endorsement approved by the professional educator standards board.
(2) Out-of-state candidates shall comply with WAC 181-79A-257.
(3) Course work used to meet specialty endorsement requirements must be completed through a regionally accredited college/university.
(4) Only course work in which an individual received a grade of C (2.0) or higher or a grade of pass on a pass-fail system of grading shall be counted toward the course work required for the approved specialty endorsement program.))
(2) Each college or university and/or Washington-based organization/association requesting the creation of a specialty endorsement shall seek a two phase approval by the professional educator standards board.
(a) Phase one: Proposers shall submit a preapproval proposal to the professional educator standards board that includes the following information:
(i) Documentation of nationally recognized teaching standards unique to the proposed specialty endorsement;
(ii) Letter of support from a professional educator standards board-approved college or university interested in offering the proposed specialty endorsement program.
(b) Phase two: If proposers receive preapproval from the professional educator standards board, they shall submit a phase two application available by the board. The phase two application, not to exceed ten pages, will address the following information:
(i) A description of the needs, student population and/or subject matter addressed by the proposed specialty endorsement;
(ii) A description of the unique knowledge and skills the proposed specialty endorsement provides to educators;
(iii) An explanation of the expected value and benefit of the proposed specialty endorsement for the K-12 system.
(c) Upon completion of both phases and board approval of a specialty endorsement, the process in WAC 181-82A-206 shall apply.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 06-20-063, § 181-82A-207, filed 9/29/06, effective 10/30/06.]