Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools 2011-2012

Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools 2011-2012

by Elizabeth A. Kaye
     
 

This annual volume offers the most complete and current listings of the requirements for certification of a wide range of educational professionals at the elementary and secondary levels. Requirements for Certification is a valuable resource, making much-needed knowledge available in one straightforward volume.

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This annual volume offers the most complete and current listings of the requirements for certification of a wide range of educational professionals at the elementary and secondary levels. Requirements for Certification is a valuable resource, making much-needed knowledge available in one straightforward volume.

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ISBN-13:
9780226428642
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Series:
Requirements for Certification for Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Junior Series
Edition description:
Seventy-Sixth Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Chapter One

Alabama

New legislative Rules governing certification were adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education on December 9, 2010, and are effective February 1, 2011. As of press time for this volume, the Alabama State Department of Education's Teacher Education and Certification website may be accessed at http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/News.aspx The newly enacted certification requirements are prescribed in Rule 290-3-2-.02, Basic Principles, available at http://www .alsde.edu/html/sections/documents.asp?section=66&sort=7&footer-sections The Rule also refers to the current edition of the Subject and Personnel Codes of the Alabama Department of Education; see http:// www.alsde.edu/html/sections/documents.asp?section=66&sort=9&footer=sections Finally, for more information on state-approved programs leading to certification, consult the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code; contact the Alabama State Department of Education's Teacher Education and Certification website for details at http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/News.aspx

Stages and Titles of Teaching Certificates

I. Professional Educator Certificate (valid July 1-June 30 for 5 years; renewable)

A. Requirements are prescribed in Rule 290-3-2-.02, Basic Principles, available at http://www.alsde.edu/html/sections/documents.asp?section=66&sort= 7&footer-sections

B. May be issued at the Class B, Class A, or Class AA level

1. General requirements for all Professional Educator Certificates include holding an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution or having met requirements spelled out in Rule directly above.

2. Certificates available in teaching fields listed in the current edition of the Subject and Personnel Codes of the Alabama Department of Education include:

a. Elementary–secondary (P–12), middle level (4–8), secondary (6–12), and special education (P–12)

3. Additional certificates available include:

a. Collaborative special education (K– 6, 6–12), early childhood special special education (birth through age 8), early childhood (P–3), elementary (K–6)

4. Class A level certificates also require that applicants hold an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution

5. Class AA level certificates require in addition that applicants complete a planned sixth-year program at a regionally accredited senior institution, which may result in an education specialist degree

C. Class A or Class AA Professional Educator Certificate for areas of instructional support other than instructional leader

1. Meeting requirements for certification in library-media specialist, school counselor, school psychologist, school psychometrist, and sport manager leads to issuance of the Professional Education Certificate.

a. Applicants must verify 2 fall years of full-time educational experience in P–12 school system(s), except for those seeking certification through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) approach or the Nationally Certified School Psychologist approach.

II. Professional Leadership Certificate (valid July 1–June 30 for 5 years; renewable)

A. Requirements are prescribed in Rule 290-3-2-.02, Basic Principles, available at http://www.alsde.edu/html/sections/documents.asp?section=66&sort= 7&footer-sections

B. May be issued at the Class A or Class AA level

1. Class A level certificates require that applicant hold an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution.

2. Class AA level certificates require in addition that applicants complete a planned sixth-year program at a regionally accredited senior institution, which may result in an education specialist degree.

C. Meeting requirements for certification as career and technical administrator, educational administrator, principal, superintendent, and supervisor leads to the issuance of the Professional Leadership Certificate.

D. Certificates requiring the Certificate and Experience Reciprocity Option include:

1. Principal (P–6), principal (7–12), principal (P–12), superintendent (P–12), supervisor (P–12), and career and technical education administrator (6–12)

a. Applicants for certification in supervision through the certificate and experience reciprocity option must verify 3 full years of full-time supervisory experience in P–12 school system(s).

III. Instructional Leader Certificate

A. Requirements are prescribed in Rule 290-3-2-.02, Basic Principles, available at http://www.alsde.edu/html/sections/documents.asp?section=66&sort= 7&footer-sections

B. May be issued at the Class A or Class AA level

1. Class A level certificates require that applicant hold an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution.

2. Class AA level certificates require in addition that applicants complete a planned sixth-year program at a regionally accredited senior institution, which may result in an education specialist degree.

C. Meeting requirements for certification in the area of instructional leader leads to the issuance of the Professional Leadership Certificate.

Requirements for Teaching Certificates

I. The following teaching certificates are available: Early Childhood (P–3), Elementary (K–6), Middle Level (4–8), Secondary (6–12), Elementary–Secondary (P–12), Special Education [P–12 except for early childhood special education (birth to age 8) and collaborative special education (K–6 or 6–12)]

II. State-approved Class B Programs for Teaching Fields

A. Lead to an initial professional educator certificate on the bachelor's degree level

1. Available programs include early childhood education, elementary education, and specific teaching fields for middle-level, secondary, career and technical, preschool through grade 12, and special education

2. Additional information about Class B programs is in the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code; contact the Alabama State Department of Education's Teacher Education and Certification website for details at http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/News.aspx

III. State-approved Alternative Class A Programs for Teaching Fields

A. Lead to an initial professional educator certificate on the master's degree level

B. Applicants for admission to Alternative Class A programs must meet degree requirements, grade-point average requirements, and prerequisite course-work requirements prior to unconditional admission.

1. Admission requirements are in the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code; contact the Alabama State Department of Education's Teacher Education and Certification website for details at http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/News.aspx

C. Available teaching fields include:

1. Early childhood education, elementary education, early childhood special education, and collaborative special education, grades K–6 or 6–12

2. Middle-level or secondary single teaching fields

3. Comprehensive middle-level or secondary teaching fields (English language arts, general science, or genera social studies) or career and technical education teaching fields

4. Preschool through grade 12 programs (visual arts, dance, choral or instrumental music, languages other than English, physical education, theatre, and special education except for early childhood special education and collaborative special education grades K–6 or 6–12)

D. Additional information about Alternative Class A programs is in the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code; contact the Alabama State Department of Education's Teacher Education and Certification website for details at http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/News.aspx

E. Special Alternative Certificate (SAC)

1. A superintendent or administrator may recommend issuance of an SAC in order to employ an applicant who is completing requirements for a Class A professional educator certificate in a teaching field through an Alternative Class A state-approved program.

2. Additional information is in Rule 290-3-2-.08, Rule 290-3:2-.13, and on Supplement SAC; see http://www.alsde.edu/html/sections/ documents.asp?section=66&sort=7&footer-sections

IV. State-approved Class A Programs for Teaching Fields

A. Lead to a Class A Professional Educator Certificate on the master's-degree level

1. Class A programs for teaching fields are available for:

a. Advanced certification in the same teaching fields for which Class B certification is available

b. Initial certification in English for speakers of other languages, reading specialist, and special education

c. Additional information about Class A programs for teaching fields is in the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code and the Rule for the specific teaching field; see http://www.alsde.edu/html/ sections/documents.asp?section=66&sort=7&footer=sections

B. Special Alternative Certificate (SAC)

1. A superintendent or administrator may recommend issuance of an SAC in order to employ an applicant who is completing requirements for a Class A Professional Educator Certificate in English for speakers of other languages, readin specialist, or an initial certificate in an area of special education through a Class A state-approved program.

2. Additional information about the SAC for teaching fields is in Rule 290-3-2-.08, Rule 290-3-2-.13, and on Supplement SAC, available at http://www.alsde.edu /html/sections/documents.asp?section=66&sort=7&footer-sections

V. State-approved Class AA Programs for Teaching Fields

A. Leads to a Class AA Professional Educator Certificate on the sixth-year level

1. Some institutions require program completers to earn an education specialist degree.

2. Class AA programs for teaching fields are available for initial certification in special education and advanced certification in the same teaching fields for which Class B and Class A certification is available.

3. Additional information about Class AA programs for teaching fields is in the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code; contact the Alabama State Department of Education's Teacher Education and Certification website for details at http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/News.aspx

B. Special Alternative Certificate

1. A superintendent or administrator may recommend issuance of an SAC in order to employ an applicant who is completing requirements for a Class AA Professional Educator Certificate to earn initial certification in an area of special education through a state-approved Class AA program.

2. Additional information is in Rule 290-3-2-.08, Rule 290-3-2-.13, and on Supplement SAC available at http://www.alsde.edu/html/sections/documents .asp?section=66&sort=7&footer-sections

Requirements for Administrative/Supervisory and Support Services Certificates

I. State-approved Class A Programs for Areas of Instructional Support

A. Lead to a Class A Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate on the master's degree level

1. Class A programs for areas of instructional support are available for instructional leadership (formerly educational administration), library-media, school counseling, school psychometry, and sport management.

a. Beginning fall 2007, instructional leadership programs began replacing educational administration programs.

2. Additional information about Class A programs for areas of instructional support is in the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code

B. Special Alternative Certificate (SAC)

1. A superintendent or administrator may recommend issuance of an SAC in order to employ an applicant who is completing requirements for a Class A Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate in an area of instructional support through a Class A state-approved program.

2. Additional information about the SAC for areas of instructional support is in Rule 290-3-2-.09, Rule 290-3-2-.14, and on Supplement SAC, available at http://www.alsde.edu/html/sections/ documents.asp?section=66&sort=7&footer-sections

a. The SAC is not available in the area of school psychometry.

II. State-approved Class AA Programs for Areas of Instructional Support

A. Leads to a Class AA Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership

Certificate on the sixth-year level.

1. Some institutions require program completers to earn the education specialist degree.

2. Class AA programs for areas of instructional support are available for:

a. Initial certification in school psychology, and

b. Advanced certification in instructional leadership or educational administration, library-media, and school counseling.

3. Additional information about Class AA programs for areas of instructional support is in the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code; see http://www.alsde.edu.html/ sections/documents.asp?section=66&sort=9&footer=sections.

Alaska

Levels of Certificates

I. Initial Certificate (valid up to 3 years; nonrenewable). For those seeking first-time Alaska certification or those whose certificates have lapsed more than 12 months

A. Requirements

1. Hold bachelor's or higher degree from regionally accredited institution

2. Complete teacher preparation program, or

Be currently enrolled in teacher preparation program, except for special education applicants, who must complete program prior to application

3. Passing scores on basic competency examination in reading, writing, and math: Praxis I, California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), WEST-B, or additional exams listed on website

a. One-year, nonrenewable teaching certificate may be issued for applicants who have not yet met testing requirement but hold current, valid teaching certificate in another state; contact Teacher Certification via email (see Appendix 1) for details and further qualifications for this certificate.

4. Pass background check

5. Submit certificate application, completed fingerprint card, and nonrefundable fees

6. For Type B (administrative) or Type C (special services) certificate, complete 3 semester hours each of approved course work in Alaska Studies and Multicultural/Cross-Cultural Communications

a. Applicants lacking these courses but meeting all other requirements will be issued a 2-year nonrenewable provisional certificate.

7. Requirements for Professional or Master certificate must be met during life of Initial certificate.

B. Initial Certificate Expiration Dates 1. Tier 1 Initial, Type B and C (Temporary, Provisional and Reemployment)

a. Effective February 1, 2009, expiration dates of all currently active initial certificates will be changed to June 30 (for certificates issued between January 1 and June 30) or December 31 (for certificates issued between July 1 and December 31).

b. All new certificates will be set to expire on either June 30 or December 31; see B, 1, a, directly above.

II. Professional Teacher Certificate (valid for 5 years; renewable)

A. Requirements

1. Hold Initial Tier I certificate

2. Complete approved teacher preparation program from which either an Institutional or State Recommendation can be obtained

3. Complete 3 semester hours each of approved course work in Alaska Studies and Multicultural/Cross-Cultural Communications

4. Satisfy recency credit by completing 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of credit in previous 5 years

5. Pass a content-area examination

6. Submit fingerprint card or acceptable employment verification from an Alaska public school district, application for background check, certificate application, and nonrefundable fees

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