WSR 12-11-100

PERMANENT RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed May 21, 2012, 4:01 p.m. , effective June 21, 2012 ]


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

Purpose: Technical edits to WAC 181-79A-206. Removes references to transition dates and procedure between the time the professional certification programs were eliminated and the implementation of the external assessment and its September 2011 effective date.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending x.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 12-06-060 on March 5, 2012.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting David Brenna, 600 Washington Street South, Room 252, Olympia, WA 98504-7236, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail david.brenna@k12.wa.us.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: May 21, 2012.

David Brenna

Senior Policy Analyst

OTS-4652.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 09-20-088, filed 10/6/09, effective 11/6/09)

WAC 181-79A-206   Academic and experience requirements for certification -- Teachers.   Candidates for teachers' certificates shall complete the following requirements in addition to those set forth in WAC 181-79A-150.

(1) Initial/residency.

Candidates for the initial or residency certificate shall hold an approved baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university pursuant to WAC 181-79A-030(5).

(2) Continuing.

(a) Candidates who apply for a continuing certificate shall have at least forty-five quarter hours (thirty semester hours) of upper division and/or graduate work completed from a regionally accredited institution of higher education subsequent to the conferral of the baccalaureate degree: Provided, That if the individual is pursuing study in a new subject matter area or specialization, lower division (freshmen or sophomore level) credit hours in that subject area or specialization shall be accepted toward continuing certification upon completion of the requirements for an endorsement in that subject area or specialization.

(b) Candidates applying for a continuing certificate prior to September 1, 2000, shall have been granted at least two subject area endorsements.

(c) Candidates who apply for a continuing certificate who have not successfully completed course work or an in-service program on issues of abuse, must complete the abuse course work requirement as defined in WAC 181-79A-030(6).

(d) Candidates for continuing teachers' certificates shall provide documentation of one hundred eighty days or full-time equivalent or more satisfactory teaching experience with an authorized employer -- i.e., school district, state agency, college or university, private school, or private school system -- and at least thirty days of such employment with the same employer.

(3) Professional.

(a) ((Beginning January 1, 2010 and pursuant to WAC 181-79A-206 (3)(f))) Candidates for the professional certificate shall have successfully completed ((a professional educator standards board-approved, professional certificate program, or submit to)) the external portfolio of evidence assessment as directed by RCW 28A.410.220(2). The professional certificate requires successful demonstration of the three standards (effective teaching, professional development, and professional contributions) and twelve criteria, pursuant to WAC 181-79A-207.

(i) ((Individuals who hold a teaching certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) shall be deemed to have met the requirements of the professional certificate, in recognition that NBPTS certification is issued only to individuals who have demonstrated highly advanced skills as a teacher.

(ii))) A candidate may submit a portfolio of evidence to the external assessment for evaluation as per RCW 28A.410.220(2) following two years of successful teaching in a state-approved public, private or state operated education program for children as defined in Title 28A RCW: Provided, the candidate was employed at least three-quarters time each year or a total of one and one-half full-time equivalent over a minimum of two years as defined in WAC 392-121-212. The portfolio assessment elements shall be determined by the professional educator standards board and include requirements for the candidates to prepare and submit a professional growth plan approved and supported by a professional growth team.

(((b))) (ii) A professional growth plan identifying the specific competencies, knowledge, skills and experiences needed to meet the standards set forth in WAC 181-79A-207 is prepared by the candidate for a professional certificate, in collaboration with members of the professional growth team. The candidate will identify a professional growth team as defined in WAC 181-79A-030(11).

(((c))) (iii) Teacher professional certificate portfolio evidence of assessment pilot participants who have not attended a program but received a "met criteria" on all entries submitted to the pilot assessment would receive the professional certificate and not be required to attend a program.

(((d))) (b) Provided, individuals who hold a teaching certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) shall be deemed to have met the requirements of the professional certificate, in place of the requirements in (a) of this subsection.

(c) Candidates who apply for a professional certificate who have not successfully completed course work or an in-service program on issues of abuse, must complete the abuse course work requirement as defined in WAC 181-79A-030(6).

(((e) Prior to January 1, 2010, candidates pursuing the professional certificate will submit a portfolio to the professional educator standards board approved professional certificate program.

(f) Between January 1, 2010, and September 1, 2011, candidates pursuing the professional certificate will have two options:

(i) Submit a portfolio for evaluation to the college or university professional certificate program. The college or university has until December 31, 2011, to verify completion.

(ii) Submit a portfolio for evaluation to the uniform and external portfolio of evidence assessment as administered by the professional educator standards board.

(g) After September 1, 2011, candidates pursuing the professional certificate must submit a portfolio for evaluation to the uniform and external portfolio of evidence assessment as administered by the professional educator standards board.)) (d) Candidates who have successfully completed the requirements for the professional certificate prior to the expiration of their residency certificate which would subject them to reinstatement according to WAC 181-79A-251 (1)(a)(iii) but failed to apply for the certificate may apply for the professional certificate. Individuals who are subject to reinstatement according to WAC 181-79A-251 (1)(a)(iii) who do not meet requirements for the professional certificate prior to the expiration of the residency certificate may apply for the professional certificate following not less than five years from the final residency expiration.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 09-20-088, 181-79A-206, filed 10/6/09, effective 11/6/09; 09-12-129, 181-79A-206, filed 6/3/09, effective 7/4/09; 08-16-003, 181-79A-206, filed 7/23/08, effective 8/23/08; 06-14-010, 181-79A-206, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-79A-206, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 04-04-011, 180-79A-206, filed 1/23/04, effective 2/23/04; 02-14-111, 180-79A-206, filed 7/2/02, effective 8/2/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010, 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 01-03-153, 180-79A-206, filed 1/24/01, effective 2/24/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 00-03-048, 180-79A-206, 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-206, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]

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