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(a) The department will issue a limited certificate (Type I) in the specialty area of Alaska Native culture to an applicant who
(1) is nominated by a school district, through a formal action of the local school board;
(2) provides documentation of at least three years of successful employment as an instructional aide in the nominating school district;
(3) is currently employed by the nominating school district;
(4) demonstrates expertise in the local Alaska Native culture by submitting
(A) a resume demonstrating at least four years experience involving an Alaska Native culture and verified by the nominating district; and
(B) two letters of recommendation from members of the local Native community attesting to cultural expertise;
(6) submits to the department a plan that has been agreed to by the chief school administrator of the nominating district and the applicant, and that meets the terms and conditions set out in (b) of this section.
(b) The plan described in (a)(6) of this section must, at a minimum, provide
(1) a program for support of the applicant by the educational unit of the institution described in (a)(5) of this section during the term of the plan, including
(A) a schedule of courses to be made available by that institution that will allow the applicant to complete the approved baccalaureate degree teacher education program and prepare the applicant to pass the examination required under 4 AAC 12.300(b) (5);
(B) annual milestones that the applicant must meet to establish satisfactory progress under the plan; and
(C) that institution's program plan for oversight of the applicant's classroom teaching at the nominating district;
(2) a program for
(A) the nominating district's support of the applicant's baccalaureate studies;
(B) supervision of all of the applicant's field experience, including student teaching, in curricula that are outside of the Alaska Native culture certification during the term of the contract; and
(C) the provision of a certificated teacher mentor to supervise and assist the applicant with the professional application of teaching theory and methodology in the classroom; and
(3) the applicant's commitment to meet the annual milestones of the plan and to complete the baccalaureate degree program within the time specified in the plan.
(c) A Type I limited certificate is valid for one school year and may be renewed each year for the duration of the plan executed in conformance with (a) and (b) of this section. The department will base its renewal determination on the department's review of documentation establishing conformance with the plan, including accomplishment of all annual milestones by the applicant.
History: Eff. 9/29/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 14.07.020
Editor's note: The subject matter of 4 AAC 12.375 was formerly located at 4 AAC 12.044. The history note for 4 AAC 12.375 does not reflect the history of the earlier section.
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