4 AAC 12.355 - Special services certificate (Type C); provisional certificate (provisional Type C)

Current through April 6, 2022

(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, and has met the requirements of 4 AAC 12.397(a).
(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(d) Repealed 4/24/2016.
(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 (b) or (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 courses required under (b) and (e) of this section and payment of the fee for a special services certificate.
(i) The department will endorse a special services certificate (Type C) in one or more development levels or specialty areas if the recommendation from the preparing institution required in (a) of this section verifies the applicant's completion of an approved educational or special service program in the level or area for which endorsement is sought. The program must meet the requirements set out in 4 AAC 12.307(a).
(j) An applicant for endorsement under this section who has completed an approved program accepted under 4 AAC 12.307(a)(2) must provide evidence of a comparable certificate or endorsement issued by the certifying state agency with jurisdiction over the program or an assurance by the certifying state agency or preparing institution that all requirements, including testing required by the jurisdiction, have been satisfied by the applicant and that the applicant is eligible to gain the comparable certification or endorsement in the state where the preparing institution is located.
(k) For the "school psychology" endorsement, the applicant must
(1) hold a master's or higher degree in school psychology and
(A) be recommended for endorsement by an institution whose psychology program has been approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, the National Association of School Psychologists, or the American Psychological Association; and
(B) have completed a 1,200-hour internship in school psychology, 600 hours of which must be completed on site in preschool or kindergarten - grade 12 programs; or
(2) hold a master's or higher degree in a related field and be a nationally certified school psychologist under the National School Psychologist Certification System established by the National Association of School Psychologists.
(l) For the "speech," "language," or "hearing" endorsement, the applicant must
(1) either
(A) hold a master's or higher degree with major emphasis in
(i) speech-language pathology;
(ii) audiology; or
(iii) speech-language and hearing science; or
(B) possess certification of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and
(2) be recommended for the endorsement by an institution whose program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education or the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification or approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Notes

4 AAC 12.355
Eff. 9/29/2005, Register 175; am 9/17/2011, Register 199; am 4/24/2016, Register 218, July 2016

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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