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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 14. Education, Libraries, and Museums
- Chapter 20. Teachers and School Personnel
- Section 22. Subject-Matter Expert Limited Teacher Certificate.
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AS 14.20.022. Subject-Matter Expert Limited Teacher Certificate.
- (a) Notwithstanding AS 14.20.020
, a person may be issued a subject-matter expert limited teacher certificate, valid only in the subject-matter in which
the person has expertise, upon compliance with the requirements of this section. A subject-matter expert teacher may
only be employed to teach subjects in which the person has satisfied the education or experience requirements set out
in (b)(1) of this section.
- (b) To be eligible for a subject-matter expert limited teacher certificate, a person shall
- (1) hold at least a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a recognized regional or
national accrediting association or approved by the commissioner and
- (A) have majored or minored in the subject that the person will be teaching; or
- (B) have at least five years experience in the subject matter that the person will be teaching;
- (2) have submitted fingerprints and the fees required by the Department of Public Safety under AS 12.62.160
for criminal justice information and a national criminal history record check to the department; the department must
have submitted the fingerprints and fees to the Department of Public Safety for a report of criminal justice
information under AS 12.62 and a national criminal history record
check under AS 12.62.400
and the person must have been found by the department to be suitable for employment as a teacher under AS 14.20.020(f); and
- (3) be currently enrolled in an approved post-baccalaureate teacher education program at a regionally accredited
institution meeting the requirements of AS 14.20.020
(b) that provides for completion of the regular teacher certificate education requirements within two years after
receipt of a subject-matter expert limited teacher certificate under this section.
- (c) Before a school district or regional educational attendance area determines whether to hire a person as a
subject-matter expert teacher under this section, the school district or regional educational attendance area shall
administer a competency examination.
- (d) A subject-matter expert limited teacher certificate is valid for one school year and may be renewed for one additional
school year upon a showing of substantial progress towards completion of the teacher education program required under
(b)(3) of this section.
- (e) A school district or regional educational attendance area that employs a subject-matter expert teacher shall provide a
mentor who is an experienced teacher for the subject-matter expert teacher for at least the first year of the
subject-matter expert teacher's employment in the school district or regional educational attendance area.
- (f) A person employed as a subject-matter expert teacher under this section is considered a certificated employee for
purposes of AS 14.25 (teachers' retirement system). Employment as
a subject-matter expert teacher under this section counts as employment for purposes of acquiring tenure under AS 14.20.150
; however, a person holding a subject-matter expert limited teacher certificate under this section is not entitled to
tenure until the person receives a teacher certificate under AS 14.20.020
- (g) The department shall adopt regulations necessary to implement this section.
- (h) In this section, "subject-matter expert teacher" is a teacher qualified to teach under (b) of this section.
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