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(a) Upon request of an institution of higher learning operating an "approved program," the department may authorize a student enrolled in the program to serve as a student teacher in an Alaska public school for a period not to exceed one school year.
(b) A student who wants to serve as a student teacher shall apply for authorization on a form prescribed by the department and shall submit information requested by the department. The department will conduct a criminal history background check of the student under AS 14.20.020 and 4 AAC 12.300 as if the student was an applicant for a teacher certificate. The department will not authorize the student to serve as a student teacher if the student fails the check.
(c) A student teacher authorized under this section must be under the general supervision of a teacher certificated under 4 AAC 12.
(d) If authorized by the student teacher's preparing institution and supervising teacher, a student teacher may be assigned, from time to time, to instruct, teach, counsel, test, or evaluate students without obtaining a teacher's certificate and without the supervising teacher's presence in the same room, classroom, or other location.
(e) A student teacher shall abide by the code of ethics and professional teaching standards in 20 AAC 10.020.
(f) In (a) of this section, "approved program" means
(1) a program that is offered by a regionally accredited teacher training institution that meets teacher education program standards set out in
(A) Standards for State Approval of Teacher Education, published by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, 1989 Revised Edition (including current revisions as of October 24, 1995); or
(B) Standards, Procedures, and Policies for the Accreditation of Professional Education Units, published by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, February 1992 Edition; or
(2) a board-approved alternative program that substantially meets the program standards set out in (1)(A) or (1)(B) of this subsection.
History: Eff. 7/1/90, Register 114; am 6/24/95, Register 134; am 6/28/98, Register 146; am 9/29/2005, Register 175
Authority: AS 14.07.020
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