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Title 4 . Education and Early Development
Chapter 12 . (Repealed)
Section 305. Teacher certificate (initial, professional, master)

4 AAC 12.305. Teacher certificate (initial, professional, master)

(a) Except as provided in AS 14.20, the department will issue an initial teacher certificate, valid for up to three years under (d) of this section, to an applicant who

(1) has satisfied the baccalaureate degree requirement of AS 14.20.020 ;

(2) for purposes of competency examination requirements under AS 14.20.015 , 14.20.017, 14.20.020, or 14.20.022, meets or exceeds the qualifying scores for this state on one of the competency examinations designated in 4 AAC 12.310;

(3) has met or will meet within two years the requirements of AS 14.20.020 (h); and

(4) meets the certification requirements of AS 14.20.015 , 14.20.017, 14.20.020, or 14.20.022.

(b) The department will issue a professional teacher certificate, valid for five years to an applicant who has

(1) met the requirements of (a) of this section for an initial teacher certificate;

(2) passed

(A) the competency examination by achieving qualifying scores as described in (a)(2) of this section, if under AS 14.20.015 , 14.20.017, or 14.20.022 the applicant had not yet met competency examination requirements as of the date of the initial teacher certificate; and

(B) a Praxis II content area examination by attaining the score set out for the appropriate examination under 4 AAC 04.210, or an equivalent content area examination designated by the department;

(3) completed three semester hours in Alaska studies and three semester hours in multicultural education or cross cultural communications;

(4) completed, during the period that the initial teacher certificate was valid,

(A) a teacher education program, or an alternate teacher preparation program accepted by the board or the commissioner, and from which the applicant has obtained a recommendation for certification; the board or commissioner will only accept a program if the program is

(i) offered by a regionally accredited institution of higher education;

(ii) approved by the board of education or chief school officer of the state in which the program was offered as substantially meeting the unit standards set out in Standards Procedures & Policies for the Accreditation of Professional Education Units, 1997 Revision and the program standards set out in NCATE Curriculum Guidelines, Spring 1998, published by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education;

(iii) approved by the chief school officer of the state in which the program was offered as meeting the state's standards for teacher preparation; or

(iv) an alternate teacher preparation program approved by the commissioner under (e) of this section; and

(B) the performance review as required under 4 AAC 12.320, if the initial teacher certificate is dated September 1, 2006 or later;

(5) completed any academic or other training that the department designated, at the time of application, as necessary for professional development,

(A) based on student achievement data; or

(B) to permit the teacher to be considered highly qualified under 4 AAC 04.210 - 4 AAC 04.212; and

(6) earned at least six semester hours of college credit within the five years immediately preceding application.

(c) The department will issue a master teacher certificate, valid for 10 years, to an applicant who has met

(1) the requirements of (a) and (b) of this section for a professional teacher certificate; and

(2) one of the following requirements:

(A) national board certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

(B) master certification from a recognized national certification program as approved by the department;

(C) for a master teacher certificate dated September 1, 2006 or later, the score required in 4 AAC 12.320(f) (3) on each of two performance reviews.

(d) An initial teacher certificate is valid for three years, or for the period set in AS 14.20.015 , 14.20.017, 14.20.020(h), or 14.20.022 if the initial teacher certificate is issued under one of those provisions. However, if the certificate holder received initial certification under and complies with the requirements of AS 14.20.015 , 14.20.017, 14.20.020(h), or 14.20.022, and meets the requirements of (a) of this section, the department will consider the initial teacher certificate valid for three years after the date of the certificate.

(e) In addition to programs accepted under (b)(4)(A) of this section, the commissioner will approve an alternate teacher preparation program if the program

(1) complies with the requirements of AS 14.20.022 ; or

(2) meets standards that are substantially equivalent to the standards met by programs accepted under (b)(4)(A) of this section.

(f) A teacher who moves from a non-instructional position to an instructional position must meet the requirements of (a) and (b) of this section within two years after moving to the instructional position.

(g) A teacher who has not met the qualifications for a professional teacher certificate under (b) of this section when the teacher's initial teacher certificate expires under (d) of this section may no longer be employed as a teacher. However, a person who has previously failed to qualify under (b) of this section after the period of initial certification under (a) of this section may make one more application for an initial teacher certificate under (a) of this section.

(h) Notwithstanding (a) - (g) of this section, a person holding a provisional (Type A), preliminary (Type Q), reemployment (Type V), subject-matter expert limited (Type S), or temporary certificate shall become a holder of an initial teacher certificate on September 29, 2005 and shall comply with the requirements of (a) and (b) of this section within three years after September 29, 2005 except that for a person who has a

(1) provisional (Type A) certificate, any unmet requirements of (b)(3) of this section must be met within two years after the issuance of the provisional certificate under AS 14.20.020 (h);

(2) preliminary (Type Q) certificate, any unmet requirements of (b)(2)(A) of this section must be met within one year after the issuance of the preliminary certificate under AS 14.20.015 ;

(3) reemployment (Type V) certificate, any unmet requirements of (a)(1), (b)(2)(A), and (b)(3) of this section must be met within one year after the issuance of the certificate under AS 14.20.017 ;

(4) subject-matter expert limited (Type S) certificate, any unmet requirements of (a)(1), (b)(2)(A), and (b)(3) of this section must be met within one year after the issuance of the subject-matter expert limited certificate under AS 14.20.022 , or within two years if the person receives a renewal under AS 14.20.022 (d);

(5) temporary certificate, any unmet requirements of (a)(1), (b)(2)(A), and (b)(3) of this section must be met within one year after issuance of the temporary certificate.

History: Eff. 9/29/2005, Register 175; am 9/30/2005, Register 175

Authority: AS 14.07.060

AS 14.20.020


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