[Filed September 21, 2021, 11:11 a.m., effective October 22, 2021]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: This proposed rule clarifies requirements for out-of-state candidates for Washington educator certificates. This rule clarifies that candidates must meet existing requirement(s) for certification, licensure, and degree. For example, principal and superintendent candidates must hold or have held a teacher or educational staff associate certificate. The clarified language will be easier for readers of WAC 181-79A-257 to understand. These nonsubstantive changes include updating citations, as well as organizational changes.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 181-79A-257.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 28A.410
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 21-15-093 on September 21 [July 19], 2021.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: September 21, 2021.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 21-08-024, filed 3/29/21, effective 4/29/21)
WAC 181-79A-257Out-of-state candidates.
Candidates for certification from other states who meet the general certificate requirements described in WAC 181-79A-150 (1) and (2), and the specific requirements for the certificate being sought in chapter 181-77 or 181-79A WAC including, but not limited to, degree, continuing education credit hours, and certification/licensure, shall be eligible for Washington certificates as follows:
(1) Residency or initial certificates.
The residency or initial certificate shall be issued by the superintendent of public instruction to any candidate who meets requirements for the certificate including testing requirements as described in RCW 28A.410.220
, and chapters 181-01 and 181-02 WAC,
and who meets one of the following:
(a) ((Holds the appropriate degree and, if applicable, credit hours and/or licensing as set forth in this chapter, and))Has completed a state approved preparation program in the professional field for which the certificate is to be issued and such additional professional fields as required by WAC 181-79A-150(4). Such programs shall include a defined course of study and a supervised internship.
(b) If a candidate for teacher, administrator, or educational staff associate certification does not meet the qualifications described in (a) of this subsection, a residency or initial certificate shall be issued to a candidate who((:
(i) Holds an appropriate degree from an accredited college or university.
(ii)))holds or has held a certificate in the role, comparable to a residency or initial certificate, issued by another state and has practiced at the P-12 level in the role outside the state of Washington for at least three years.
(c) Holds an appropriate degree from an accredited college or university and has practiced three years as an educational staff associate in that role in a state where such certificate was not required.
(d) Holds a valid Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential issued by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); and applies for a residency educational staff associated school psychologist certificate.
(2) Professional certificate.
((After August 31, 2000,
he professional certificate shall be issued to out-of-state candidates if the candidate meets requirements for the initial or
residency certificate including testing requirements as described in RCW 28A.410.220 and chapters 181-01 and 181-02 WAC
, meets the ((child
abuse ((course work
))or emotional or behavioral distress
requirement as described in WAC ((181-79A-206 (3)(b)
, and if one of the following conditions is met:
(a) The candidate has completed an advanced level certification procedure approved by the professional educator standards board as equivalent to the approved program procedure required in Washington; or
(b) The candidate holds a valid teaching certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; or
(c) The candidate holds a valid school counselor certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
(3) Under RCW 18.340.020
out-of-state candidates who are military spouses shall receive expedited issuance of the appropriate certificate in accordance with this section.
(4) Out-of-state candidates must meet the assessment requirements per chapters 181-01 and 181-02 WAC. Equivalent assessments will be published by the board.
(5) Out-of-state candidates for educational staff associate certificates under WAC 181-79A-223 are considered to have met the requirement for the professional transitions to public schools course work provided they meet one or more of the following:
(a) Have completed a state-approved program as an educational staff associate in the role; or
(b) Hold or have held a certificate in the role, comparable to a residency or initial certificate, issued by another state and have practiced at the P-12 school level in the role outside the state of Washington for at least three years; or
(c) Hold an appropriate degree from an accredited college or university and have practiced three years as an educational staff associate in that role in a state where such certificate was not required.