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Title 4 . Education and Early Development
Chapter 12 . (Repealed)
Section 900. Definitions

4 AAC 12.900. Definitions

(a) In this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise,

(1) "Alaska studies" means study of the environment, indigenous and immigrant residents, and institutions of this state, with specific study of the social, economic, and political history of this state and the educational institutions and laws that affect the people of this state;

(2) "board" means the state Board of Education and Early Development;

(3) "certifying state agency" means the agency or entity in another jurisdiction that has responsibility to certify teachers, administrators, and special services personnel as qualified to assume duties in that jurisdiction's public schools;

(4) "commissioner" means the commissioner of education and early development;

(5) "credit" means credit granted by an institution of higher education accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools or its counterpart in other regions;

(6) "crosscultural communications" means an interdisciplinary examination of communication and language in a crosscultural educational situation, with specific study of the language, literacy, and interethnic communication of children, and cultures, in this state;

(7) "department" means the Department of Education and Early Development;

(8) "limited certificate" means a certificate issued under AS 14.20.025 and 4 AAC 12.370 - 4 AAC 12.375;

(9) "multicultural education" means the study of the meaning of culture, and the relationship and influences between culture and education, with specific study of the teaching, administration, and effectiveness of schooling as they relate to multicultural student populations in this state;

(10) "nonacademic credit" means credit granted by the commissioner for travel, institutes, and workshops, which may be applied toward renewal of certificates;

(11) "non-instructional position" means a position for which a teaching certificate is required, but that does not include instruction in a kindergarten - 12th grade setting;

(12) "preparing institution" means that institution of higher learning from which the applicant graduated or at which the applicant completed the program or earned the credits required for a certificate or endorsement;

(13) "sexual conduct" means "sexual penetration" and "sexual contact" as those terms are defined in AS 11.81.900 ;

(14) "special services area" means school nurse, social worker, speech therapist, psychologist, librarian, and other areas as approved as special service areas by the state board.

(b) In AS 14.20, "standard certificate" means a professional teacher certificate under 4 AAC 12.305(b) .

(c) As used in AS 14.20 and this chapter, "teacher"

(1) means a person who, for compensation, instructs or teaches students in any grade from kindergarten - 12th grade, and who is not supervised by another person in the same room, classroom, or other location;

(2) includes

(A) an administrator who supervises a teacher or an educational program provided by a teacher;

(B) a provider of special education and related services who is not regularly supervised by another person in the same room, classroom, or other location; and

(C) a school counselor, nurse, or psychologist; and

(3) does not include

(A) a student teacher authorized under 4 AAC 30.020;

(B) a volunteer not working for compensation; or

(C) an administrator, such as a business manager, who does not supervise students or teachers.

History: Eff. 5/30/71, Register 38; am 10/4/73, Register 47; am 8/12/82, Register 83; am 6/9/85, Register 94; am 4/9/87, Register 102; am 7/1/90, Register 114; am 8/8/91, Register 119; am 7/2/93, Register 126; am 6/9/95, Register 134; am 4/4/96, Register 138; am 6/28/98, Register 146; am 3/31/2002, Register 161; am 9/29/2005, Register 175

Authority: AS 14.07.060

AS 14.20.010

AS 14.20.020

Editor's note: As of Register 151 (October 1999), the regulations attorney made technical revisions under AS 44.62.125 (b)(6) to reflect the name change of the Department of Education to the Department of Education and Early Development made by ch. 58, SLA 1999, and the corresponding title change of the commissioner of education.


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