WSR 10-23-028




[ Filed November 8, 2010, 9:58 a.m. , effective December 9, 2010 ]

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: Technical corrections to WAC 181-78A-261 based on legislative requirements to permit nonhigher education organizations to provide educator preparation programs.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending x [WAC 181-78A-261].

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-14-007 on June 24, 2010.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: The change responds to legislation that allows nonhigher education providers to be approved. Technical changes only.

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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: November 8, 2010.

David Brenna

Legislative and

Policy Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 09-20-100, filed 10/7/09, effective 11/7/09)

WAC 181-78A-261   Approval standard -- ((Unit)) Program resources and governance ((and resources)).   Building on the mission to prepare educators who demonstrate a positive impact on student learning, the unit has the leadership, authority, budget, personnel, facilities, and resources, including information technology resources, for the preparation of candidates to meet state standards. The following evidence shall be evaluated to determine whether each preparation program is in compliance with the resources program approval standard of WAC 181-78A-220(3):

((Unit)) Program leadership, authority and budget

(1) A separate administrative unit is responsible for the composition and organization of the preparation program.

(a) An officially designated administrator is responsible for the management of operations and resources for the preparation program.

(b) ((The unit receives sufficient)) Budgetary allocations ((at least proportional to other institutional units)) are sufficient for the program to assure that candidates meet state standards.


(2) The ((unit)) program has adequate personnel to promote teaching and learning.

(a) Workload policies allow ((faculty)) program personnel to ((be actively engaged in teaching, scholarship, assessment, advisement, service, and collaborative work with P-12 schools)) effectively perform their assigned responsibilities within the program.

(b) Specific ((staff and/or faculty in the unit)) program personnel are assigned the responsibility of advising applicants for certification and endorsements and for maintaining certification records.

(c) The ((unit)) program has adequate ((clinical faculty, site)) field supervisors((,)) and other support personnel((, part-time faculty, and/or graduate teaching assistants)).

Faculty qualifications and professional practices

(3) Faculty are qualified and exemplify professional practices.

(a) Faculty are qualified for their assignments by virtue of education, experience and current understanding of research and best practices.

(b) Faculty exemplify professional practices in teaching.

(((c) Faculty exemplify professional practices in scholarship.

(d) Faculty exemplify professional practices in service.))

Faculty performance and professional development

(4) The ((unit)) program systematically and comprehensively evaluates faculty performance and supports professional development.

(a) The faculty evaluate their own effectiveness in ((teaching, scholarship, and service)) achieving program goals.

(b) The ((unit)) program evaluates faculty effectiveness in teaching and learning.

(c) The ((unit)) program provides opportunity for faculty to engage in professional development.

((Unit)) Program facilities and resources

(5) The ((unit is provided)) program has adequate facilities and resources to promote teaching and learning.

(a) The ((unit is provided)) program has the necessary classrooms, lab space, office space, and/or other facilities.

(b) The ((unit is provided)) program has technology, library, curricular, and electronic information resources.

(c) The facilities support faculty and candidate use of technology.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 09-20-100, 181-78A-261, filed 10/7/09, effective 11/7/09; 06-14-010, 181-78A-261, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-261, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) through (4). 02-04-014, 180-78A-261, filed 1/24/02, effective 2/24/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-78A-261, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]

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