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(a) The commissioner may issue a limited certificate (Type M), valid for five years, in the specialty area of Alaska Native language or culture, military science, or a vocational or technical course if the commissioner determines that
(1) baccalaureate degree teacher training in the specialty areas of Alaska Native language or culture, military science, or vocational or technical studies is not sufficiently available;
(2) the applicant has demonstrated both subject matter expertise and teaching competency, as verified by the local school district; and
(3) the school board, through its chief school administrator, has requested issuance of a limited certificate for the applicant.
(b) To demonstrate subject matter and teaching competency required under (a) of this section, the applicant must submit two letters of recommendation verifying the applicant's length of experience and competency in the specialty field and,
(1) in the Alaska Native language or culture specialty,
(A) submit a resume demonstrating competency in an Alaska Native language or at least four years experience involving an Alaska Native culture, as verified by the school district;
(B) submit additional information requested by the department relevant to the determination of expertise and teaching competency in this specialty;
(2) in a military science specialty,
(A) meet the criteria of the United States Department of Defense to be a Junior Reserve Office Training Corps Instructor (JROTC), as verified by the school district;
(B) submit a resume to the department demonstrating competency in a military sciences specialty; and
(C) submit additional information requested by the department relevant to the determination of expertise and teaching competency in this specialty;
(3) in the vocational or technical specialty, have completed four or more years of full time work experience in the specialty, for which not more than two years of formal training at a trade school, technical institute, or similar institution may be substituted.
(c) A limited certificate may be renewed any number of times upon submission to the department of evidence of
(1) satisfactory completion of
(A) three semester hours of credit; or
(B) additional training or work experience acceptable to the commissioner;
(2) satisfactory work performance under the limited certificate; and
(3) renewal of request for a limited certificate by the school board through its chief school administrator.
(d) The department will not require the applicant to possess a baccalaureate degree for issuance of a limited certificate.
(e) A limited certificate is valid only in the school district or regional educational attendance area whose school board requested the certificate.
History: Eff. 9/29/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 14.07.060
Editor's note: The subject matter of 4 AAC 12.370 was formerly located at 4 AAC 12.043. The history note for 4 AAC 12.370 does not reflect the history of the earlier section.
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