Current through Register Vol. 48, No. 14, April 8, 2022
Professional preparation institutions with
no Board approved educator preparation programs, seeking initial approval for
an educator preparation program shall submit to the Department the information
necessary to conduct a readiness review of the professional preparation
institution. The Department shall prescribe forms to assist professional
preparation institutions with providing all information required as part of the
readiness review process. The required information, includes the following:
1. An institutional profile demonstrating
program and financial stability, a description of the educator preparation
program seeking approval, a listing of national or regional accreditations the
institution's governance and administrative structures and student demographic
2. A description of the
professional preparation institution's vision, mission, philosophy and goals,
and a description of how this information is shared with students, relevant
staff and other relevant stakeholders.
Data regarding the professional
preparation institution's relevant staff, including the following:
a. Demographic data relating to the relevant
staff for each educator preparation program seeking approval, including, at a
minimum, educational degrees, staff to student ratio, experience teaching in a
PreK-12 setting, and, if available, ethnicity and gender data.
b. Definitions of titles and clarification of
roles of individuals responsible for courses, seminars, or modules of study;
field experiences; capstone experiences; and administration.
c. A description of the professional
preparation institution's employment policies, including procedures for
determining staff assignments, evaluation procedures and professional
development opportunities and requirements.
B. The Department shall provide professional
preparation institutions written notification, within 60 days of receiving
readiness review materials, either indicating readiness to submit educator
preparation programs for review or specifying any deficiencies. The institution
has 30 days from receipt of the notice to supply the Department with all
required information regarding identified deficiencies.
The Department shall initiate a review of
the specific educator preparation programs being considered for Board approval.
The Department shall prescribe forms to assist institutions with providing all
information required as part of the educator preparation programs review.
Professional Preparation Institutions with accreditation may submit
accreditation documentation to be considered as part of the review process. To
facilitate this review, institutions shall provide the Department with the
1. A description of the educator
preparation programs being considered for Board approval. This shall include,
at a minimum, the criteria for student entry into the program; a summary of the
program courses, seminars, or modules of study; field experiences; and capstone
experiences. The professional preparation institution must verify that it
requires courses, seminars, or modules of study necessary to obtain a full
Structured English Immersion endorsement if required for the certificate the
candidate is seeking.
description of the field experience and capstone experience policies for the
educator preparation programs being considered for Board approval. The review
team shall verify that the field experience and capstone experience includes
evidence of engagement in the application of relevant standards as articulated
in the Board approved professional teaching standards or professional
administrative standards and relevant national standards. Educator preparation
programs applying for approval in school psychology and guidance counseling
shall only be required to demonstrate compliance with applicable national
3. Evidence that
candidates are provided instruction and practice in how to gather, evaluate,
and synthesize multiple data sources and how to effectively use data in
educational and classroom instructional decisions.
4. Provide the Department with evidence that
candidates are provided instruction and practice in how to appropriately
integrate technology when working with students.
5. A description of the
assessment plan for measuring each candidate's competencies as they progress
through courses, seminars, or modules of study and field experiences to ensure
readiness for a capstone experience. The plan shall require, at a minimum, that
candidates demonstrate competencies as articulated in the Board approved
professional teaching standards or professional administrative standards,
relevant Board approved academic standards, and relevant national standards.
The plan shall also describe processes for utilizing performance-based
assessments and for providing candidates with necessary remediation. Programs
applying for approval in school psychology and guidance counseling shall only
be required to demonstrate compliance with relevant national
6. A description of the procedures used to monitor and
evaluate the operation, scope and quality of the educator preparation program
being considered for approval. This shall include the use of internal and
external evaluations, and may include stakeholder surveys, program completer
employment information, and PreK-12 student achievement data.
educator preparation program matrices demonstrating that program course,
seminar, or module assessments, field experiences and capstone experiences
measure candidates' success in meeting the Board approved professional teaching
standards or professional administrative standards, and relevant national
standards. Educator preparation programs applying for approval in school
psychology and guidance counseling shall only be required to demonstrate
compliance with relevant national standards.
D. The Department may schedule and conduct an
onsite visit upon completion of the educator preparation programs review for
professional preparation institutions seeking initial approval. The onsite
visit may include, a tour of the professional preparation institution; a review
of documentation and related evidence; and interviews of relevant staff,
educator candidates, and local education agency, private agency or other
PreK-12 administrators who employ program completers.
E. Upon completion of the review, and onsite
review if applicable, the Department shall, within 90 days, provide the
professional preparation institution with a program report of the Department's
findings. This report shall cite any evidence showing deviation from each
relevant standard Board approved professional teaching standard, professional
administrative standard, and relevant national standard that applies to the
educator preparation program. The professional preparation institution shall
have 30 days from receipt of the Department's program report to submit a
response addressing any identified deficiencies.
F. Based upon the Department's program
report, the Department shall recommend to the Board that the educator
preparation program be approved or denied.
G. The Board may grant educator preparation
program approval for a period not to exceed six years or deny program
H.Within 60 days of the Board's action, a professional
preparation institution may request reconsideration of the Board's decision to
deny an educator preparation program.
preparation institutions with Board approval shall make available to the public
a statement indicating the valid period for which the educator preparation
program has been approved.
preparation institutions with Board approved educator preparation programs
shall comply with the reporting requirements established by Title II of the
Higher Education Act ( P.L. 110-315
professional preparation institution shall submit a biennial report with the
Department documenting educator preparation program activities for the previous
two years. The biennial report shall include the following:
1. A description of any substantive changes
in courses, seminars, modules, assessments, field experiences or capstone
experiences in Board approved educator preparation programs;
2. Electronic access to relevant educator
preparation program information;
The name, title and original signature of the certification officer for the
professional preparation institution;
4. Relevant data on the educator preparation
program, relevant staff, and candidates, which may include, but is not limited
to, stakeholder surveys, completer data, and student achievement data required
as a condition of initial or continuing program approval.
L. The Department shall provide annual
updates to the Board and make publically available information summarizing the
biennial reports to include, but not limited to, program status, deficiencies,
educator preparation programs shall provide their program completers with an
institutional recommendation for issuance of the appropriate Arizona
certification within 45 days.
Board educator preparation program approval, the professional preparation
institution shall be in continuous operation and training candidates in
accordance with its mission and program objectives, fulfill all reporting
requirements, and maintain compliance with all applicable local, state, tribal
and federal requirements.
O.The Department shall
provide a timeline for professional preparation institutions to submit educator
preparation programs for approval.
preparation Institutions seeking renewal of educator preparation program
approval shall submit the required preliminary documents for review at least
six month prior to the program expiration date.