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(a) The department will issue a special services certificate (Type C), valid for five years, to an applicant who has completed a program in a special service area, has a bachelor's or higher degree, and is recommended by the preparing institution.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the applicant must have earned at least six semester hours of credit within the five years immediately preceding application.
(c) A special services certificate does not qualify the holder to be assigned as a regular classroom teacher.
(d) Notwithstanding 4 AAC 12.405, a special services certificate endorsed in "school psychology" may be renewed any number of times if an applicant provides evidence of completion of a minimum of 90 contact hours in the areas of assessment, evaluation, intervention, program planning, program development, or staff or program administration in
(1) accredited college or university course work;
(2) workshops, seminars, or institutes;
(3) school district or university sponsored in-service training programs;
(4) college training; or
(5) workshop or seminar teaching.
(e) To meet the requirements of (a) of this section, the applicant must have satisfactorily completed three semester hours in Alaska studies and three semester hours in multicultural education or cross-cultural communications.
(f) The commissioner may issue a nonrenewable provisional certificate (provisional Type C), valid for no longer than two years, to an applicant who has completed the requirements of this section, except for the requirements in (e) of this section.
(g) For the purposes of certification for related services providers under this chapter, a provisional certificate (provisional Type C) may be considered as the equivalent of a special services certificate (Type C).
(h) The commissioner may convert a provisional certificate (provisional Type C) to a special services certificate (Type C) upon satisfactory completion of the required courses and payment of the fee for a special services certificate.
History: Eff. 9/29/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 14.07.060
Editor's note: The subject matter of 4 AAC 12.355 was formerly located at 4 AAC 12.040. The history note for 4 AAC 12.355 does not reflect the history of the earlier section.
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