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(a) A person employed by or on behalf of a school district to teach special education to a child with a disability must possess a teacher certificate issued under 4 AAC 12.305 and must obtain a special education endorsement under this section, based upon completion of a teacher training program in special education or an alternate program accepted by the board or the commissioner; the board or commissioner will only accept a program if the program is
(1) offered by a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
(2) 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; or
(3) approved by the chief school officer of the state in which the program was offered as meeting the state's standards for teacher preparation.
(b) A person who has the primary responsibility for the evaluation of, the planning of educational programs for, or the teaching of or training of staff to teach children who are visually impaired or deaf must have an endorsement in the education of children with the relevant impairment.
(c) A person employed by or on behalf of a school district to teach special education to a preschool child with a disability, who does not hold an endorsement in early childhood special education, must have completed six semester hours in early childhood special education in addition to the requirements in (a) of this section.
(d) The holder of a teacher certificate with a special education endorsement may have the endorsement removed from the certificate by filing a form developed by the department and paying a fee of $125 to the department, except that a special education endorsement may not be removed during
(1) the term of a certificate holder's first initial or professional teacher certificate issued under 4 AAC 12.305(a) or (b); or
(2) a school term in which the certificate holder is assigned to a position requiring a special education endorsement.
(e) At the request of a certificate holder whose special education endorsement was removed under (d) of this section, the endorsement shall be reinstated, without payment of a fee, if the certificate holder meets the endorsement requirements in effect at the time of the request for reinstatement.
History: Eff. 9/29/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 14.07.060
Editor's note: The subject matter of 4 AAC 12.330 was formerly located at 4 AAC 12.025. The history note for 4 AAC 12.330 does not reflect the history of the earlier section.
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