Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools, Seventy-seventh Edition, 2012-2013

Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools, Seventy-seventh Edition, 2012-2013

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226428680
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/05/2012
Series:
Requirements for Certification for Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Junior
Edition description:
Seventy-seventh Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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


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Chapter One

Alabama

Stages and Titles of Teaching Certificates

I. Class B Professional Educator Certificate (valid 5 years)

A. Issued on basis of a bachelor's degree and completion of an approved teacher education program

II. Class A Professional Educator Certificate (valid 5 years)

A. Issued on basis of a master's degree and completion of an approved teacher education program

1. Requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate study

III. Class AA Professional Educator Certificate (valid 5 years)

A. Issued on basis of completion of an approved, planned sixth-year teacher education program, which may result in an education specialist degree

1. Requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate study

IV. Class A Professional Leadership Certificate (valid 5 years)

A. Issued on basis of a master's degree and completion of an approved instructional leadership (administrator) program

1. Requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate study

2. Individuals whose application is based on completion of a program at an institution in another National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Member Jurisdiction must document:

a. Valid, master's level professional leadership certificate in administration (or supervision) issued by a NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction, and

b. At least 3 full years of full-time administrative (or supervisory) experience in a P–12 school system(s).

V. Class AA Professional Leadership Certificate (valid 5 years)

A. Issued on basis of an approved sixth-year instructional leadership (administrator) program

1. Requires at least 30 semester hours of graduate study

2. Individuals whose application is based on completion of a program at an institution in another NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction must document:

a. Valid, sixth-year level professional leadership certificate in administration (or supervision) issued by a NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction, and

b. At least 3 full years of full-time administrative (or supervisory) experience in a P–12 school system(s).

Requirements for Teaching Certificates

I. Teaching certificates available include:

A. Early childhood education (P–3)

B. Early childhood special education (P–3, birth through age 8)

C. Elementary education (K– 6)

D. Collaborative special education teacher (K– 6)

E. Middle level (4–8)

F. High school (6–12)

G. Collaborative special education teacher (6–12)

H. Elementary-secondary (P–12)

I. Special education (P–12 for hearing impairment, speech or language impairment, visual impairment, or gifted)

II. Most certificates are endorsed in specific teaching field(s).

III. Teaching Certificate Chapter adopted December 9, 2010, contains all current information applicable to earning a certificate in Alabama and is accessible via the following link: http://www.alsde.edu /html /sections/doc_download. asp?section=66&id=13422&sort=7

IV. Specific Teaching Certificates and Their Requirements

A. Class B Professional Educator Certificate

1. Earn a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution, and

2. Meet academic requirements in teaching field in which certification is sought through 1 of the following options:

a. Alabama State Board of Education–approved program, or

b. Valid professional educator certificate issued by another NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction at the bachelor's degree level, or

c. Educator preparation program in another country.

3. Valid certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in a field in which Alabama offers comparable certification.

a. See page 212 of document accessible via link at III, directly above

B. Class A Professional Educator Certificate

1. Earn a master's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution, and

2. Meet academic requirements in area for which certification is sought through 1 of the following options:

a. Alabama State Board of Education–approved program, or

b. Valid professional educator certificate issued by another NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction at the master's degree level, or

c. Educator preparation program in another country.

3. Valid NBPTS certification in a field in which Alabama offers comparable certification.

a. See page 212 of document accessible via link at III, directly above

C. Class A Professional Educator Certificate: Alternative Approved Program

1. Meet approved program requirements specified on pages 374–379 of the Teacher Education Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code; consult Alabama website (see Appendix 1)

D. Class AA Professional Educator Certificate

1. Complete an approved sixth-year teacher education program with a regionally accredited senior institution

2. Meet academic requirements in the area for which certification is sought through one of the following options:

a. Alabama State Board of Education–approved program, or

b. Valid professional educator certificate issued by another NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction at the sixth-year level, or

c. Educator preparation program in another country.

3. Valid NBPTS certification in a field in which Alabama offers comparable certification.

a. See page 212 of document accessible via link at III, directly above

Administrative/Supervisory Certificates and Their Requirements

I. Class A Professional Leadership Certificate

A. See Stages and Titles of Teaching Certificates, IV, A, 1 and 2, a and b, above

B. Full details available on Alabama website, see Appendix 1

II. Class AA Professional Leadership Certificate

A. See Stages and Titles of Teaching Certificates, IV, D, 1 and 2, a and b, above

B. Full details available on Alabama website, see Appendix 1

Support Services Certificates and Their Requirements

I. Class A Certificate for Library-Media, School Counselor, School Psychometrist, or Sport Manager

A. Earn a master's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution, and

B. Meet academic requirements in support area in which certification is sought through 1 of the following options:

1. Alabama State Board of Education–approved program, or

2. Valid professional educator certificate issued by another NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction at the master's degree level, or

3. Educator preparation program in another country.

4. Valid certification by the NBPTS in the field

a. See page 212 of document accessible via link at Requirements for Teaching Certificates, III, above

C. For school counseling, verification of compliance with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) approach.

1. See page 214 of document accessible via link at Requirements for Teaching Certificates, III, above

II. Class AA Certificate for Library-Media or School Counselor

A. Complete an approved sixth-year level program of at least 30 post-master's graduate courses from a regionally accredited senior institution, and

B. Meet academic requirements in support area in which certification is sought through 1 of the following options:

1. Alabama State Board of Education–approved program, or

2. Valid professional educator certificate issued by another NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction at the sixth-year level, or

3. Educator preparation program in another country.

4. Valid certification by the NBPTS in the field

a. See page 212 of document accessible via link at Requirements for Teaching Certificates, III, above

III. Class AA Certificate for School Psychologist

A. Complete an approved sixth-year level program from a regionally accredited senior institution, and

B. Meet academic requirements in school psychology through 1 of the following options:

1. Alabama State Board of Education–approved program, or

2. Valid school psychologist certificate issued by another NASDTEC Member Jurisdiction at the sixth-year level, or

3. Educator preparation program in another country.

4. Valid certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist

a. See page 215 of document accessible via link at Requirements for Teaching Certificates, III, above

5. Valid NBPTS certification as school psychologist

a. See page 212 of document accessible via link at Requirements for Teaching Certificates, III, above

Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program

I. Applicants for an Alabama professional educator certificate or alternative approach certificate must meet the requirements of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP) as a precondition for certification.

A. APTTP consists of basic skills assessments (measuring fundamental skills in applied mathematics, reading for information, and writing) and subject area assessments.

1. Basic skills assessments are administered as part of the ACT WorkKeys System.

2. Subject area assessments consist of Alabama State Board of Education-approved tests from the Praxis II: Subject Assessment series, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Out-of-State Reciprocity

I. Professional certification in Alabama is not offered reciprocally on the basis of educator preparation programs completed outside of Alabama.

II. Alabama certification is only considered reciprocally on the basis of holding a valid professional certificate issued by another state, a United States Territory, the District of Columbia, or the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

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. Two years of teaching experience

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

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

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

6. Pass a content-area examination

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

B. Renewal

1. Satisfy recency credit: see II, A, 5, directly above, except that at least 3 semester hours must be upper-division or graduate credits

2. Verify current employment in Alaska public school district in position requiring certificate

a. If applicant is not employed in this capacity at time of renewal, fingerprint card is required.

3. Submit renewal application and fees

C. Certificates will expire on applicant's birthday as individuals renew, reinstate, or apply for five-year certificates.

1. Individuals may submit an application packet for renewal 1 year prior to expiration date on certificate being renewed.

III. Master Teacher Certificate (valid 10 years; renewable)

A. Requirements

1. Meet all requirements for Professional certificate; see II, A, 1–7, directly above

2. Hold current Initial or Professional certificate

3. Hold current National Board certification issued by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), or Complete 2 performance reviews and achieve required score.

4. Submit certificate application and nonrefundable fees

B. Renewal

1. Hold current or renewed National Board certification

2. Satisfy recency credit: see II, A, 5, directly above, except credit is during previous 10 years

3. See II, B, 2 and 3, directly above

4. Teacher holding Master certificate but not wishing to renew it may move to Professional certificate, provided its renewal requirements are met.

IV. Certification Changes for Current Alaska Certificate Holders

A. Holders of Type A teaching certificate will move directly to Professional level when they renew their current certificate.

B. Holders of Type B Administrative or Type C Special Service certificates will not be affected by these changes.

Administration

I. Administrative Certificate (Type B; valid 5 years)

A. Requirements

1. At least 3 years of satisfactory public school teaching experience as certified teacher

a. For superintendent endorsement, 5 years of satisfactory employment as teacher or administrator, with at least 3 years of experience as teacher and at least 1 year of experience as administrator with an administrative certificate

2. Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution and completion of approved program based on National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or equivalent state standards in administrative specialty plus institutional recommendation

3. See Levels of Certificates, II, A, 5, above

a. Applicants meeting all other requirements except this one may apply for nonrenewable Temporary certificate, valid for 1 year.

4. See Levels of Certificates, II, A, 4, above

a. Applicants meeting all other requirements except this one may apply for nonrenewable Provisional certificate, valid for 2 years.

b. Contact Teacher Education and Certification (see Appendix 1) for complete list of approved courses that meet this requirement

5. Submit signed and notarized application, institutional recommendation form, official transcripts, completed fingerprint card, and all processing fees (nonrefundable)

B. Renewal. See Levels of Certificates, II, B, and C, above

C. Additional Endorsements

1. Endorsements will be granted as recommended by the preparing institution.

2. To be employed as administrator of special education, the Type B Administrative certificate must be specifically endorsed for special education administration.

a. To qualify, applicant must verify at least 3 years of satisfactory employment as certified special education teacher or school psychologist, counselor, or speech pathologist with Type A or Type C certificate or comparable certificate issued by another state, and must have completed approved program as in I, A, 2, directly above, including recommendation specifically for special education administration.

D. Exclusions: Type B Administrative certificate does not qualify holder for assignment as a classroom teacher.

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Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000–2001 edition.

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