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Article 2. Off-Campus Programs. Approval Requirements: Off-Campus Programs.   

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(a) Teacher preparation programs, at accredited institutions of higher education, to be offered off-campus may be approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing only if such requests for approval are signed by the Chief Administrative Officer (or official designee), or, in the case of the California University Consortium, by the Director thereof. With the exception of the California Consortium, the application for approval shall attest that the institution's Dean or Director of Education was consulted as to the appropriateness of the proposed program.

(b) All institutional requests for initial approval of off-campus programs shall be submitted to the Commission for approval at least one semester, or quarter, prior to the semester or quarter in which the program is to be offered.

(c) All institutional requests for approval of replication programs shall be submitted to the Commission at least 60 days prior to the projected start-up date of the program.

(d) Institutions applying for initial or replication approval shall state the following in order to be approved by the Commission:

(1) The desired start-up date and specification of the geographic location of the proposed program.

(2) The anticipated duration of the program.

(3) The institutional entity offering the proposed program.

(4) That the proposed initial or replication program meets existing Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards for regular approved programs.

(5) That credit shall be granted on the basis that one semester unit, or equivalent quarter units, represents a minimum of 12 and 1/2-15 hours of direct student contact, plus a minimum of 30 hours of out-of-class preparation.

(6) That administrators and faculty from the institutional entity submitting the program for approval, with expertise in relevant academic fields, have participated in the planning and approval of the program, including the selection of instructors. Further, that such institutional administrators and faculty shall participate in the on-going evaluation of the program.

(7) That the competence and credentials of instructors in said programs are equal to those instructing in the regular credential programs of the institution.

(8) That the programs will be housed in facilities in keeping with the programmatic needs of the programs, and that the programs will have adequate and appropriate instructional and reference materials as well as equipment.

(9) That the institution shall have the responsibility for controlling and assuring the quality of the program through the utilization of a Local Quality Control Advisory Committee (to be specified henceforth as LQCAC) constituted under the direction of the institution. The institution is to assure that this LQCAC has participated in the initial review and approval of the program's faculty, facilities, instructional and reference materials and equipment. Such assurance is to include a statement tested to by the LQCAC that these are considered appropriate to the needs of the target population and/or geographic location to be served.

(10) That the LQCAC established by the institution, must consist of one each of the following: instructors from the institution; public school administrators; practitioners in the program's credential area; candidates (potential or participating) in the program, and non-educators. Each LQCAC is to include representation of the ethnic minority community served.

(11) That the institution's LQCAC, in addition to participating in the initial review and approval of the program, shall participate (a) in the on-going review and evaluation of the program, and (b) in the development and evaluation of the review and analysis of follow-up surveys/interviews of the candidates/graduates'

employers regarding performance. This on-going involvement is to include, where possible, participation of the non-educator member of the Committee.

(12) That once candidates are admitted to the programs, the programs shall be continued to allow the candidates to complete the programs in accordance with the assurances which shall be provided as a written agreement, to be entered into between the institution and the candidates. This agreement is to clearly specify institutional requirements for attendance and enrollment to be met by the candidates in the specific programs.

(13) That all candidates for admission to either initial or replication programs shall meet the normal admission requirements, or their equivalent, of the institutional entity proposing the program.

(14) The Chief Administrative Officer (or designee) shall certify that there is no agreement between the institution with any unaccredited agencies or individuals (who operate as contractors to market educational programs), to market the program for which approval is being sought.

(e) Replication programs are to be developed under direction of the institution, utilizing recommendations from LQCACs. These LQCACs are to participate in the institutional review of the specific program objectives approved for the initial and/or regular on-campus program, where such a program has had Commission approval at the institution. This program development is to include the institution's LQCAC's recommendations as to the suitability of the initial and/or regular program's objectives to the specific needs of the Replication Program's target population, and to the specific requirements of the geographic location to be served.

(f) Where the institutional review determines that existing objectives, approved by the institution for either on-campus or initial programs, are acceptable, the institution's approved documentation for the credential area shall be reproduced with the institution's assurance to the Commission that "no change" has been made in the objectives.

(g) Where the institutional review determines that any or all, in whole or in part, of existing approved objectives require modification, the previously approved objective(s) shall be presented with "strike out" provided to indicate the area(s) of change, with the revised objective(s) being presented to the Commission as a separate statement for approval.

(h) Where the program is an initial off-campus program, not attempting to replicate an existing program, the objectives shall address the competencies for the credential area as established by the Commission, and the institution's program document shall provide the program's objectives for each such competency, along with the statement from the institution's LQCAC that these objectives are appropriate to the needs of the target population and/or of the geographic area to be served.

(i) LQCACs need not be formed for each program of replication, providing the institution (LQCAC) for the initial program attests that the program's objectives and procedures are appropriate to the target population and/or geographic location to be served by the replication program. Where the program being replicated is a regular program not having a LQCAC, such a committee shall be established by the institution for the replication program.

(j) All programs of replication shall provide for the participation of a candidate (potential or participating) in the program on the LQCAC. Where such a committee is not developed specific to the replication program, such a candidate shall augment the institution's LQCAC recommending approval of the program.

(k) The institution shall submit a yearly report for review by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, based upon its own evaluation of the program. This institutional report is to include the recommendations of the institution's LQCAC, with a description of the institution's response to such recommendations. The report is to be in response to a form provided by the Commission.

(1) Where the Commission on Teacher Credentialing determines that an institution has replicated an approved credential program, without obtaining Commission on Teacher Credentialing approval for such replication, the initial or regular program being replicated shall be subject to immediate on-site evaluation by the Commission.

(m) Institutions of Higher Education, recommending candidates for credentials, shall specify to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing whether the preparation was through a regular on-campus program or through an off-campus Program, as defined in Section 80150.1. Where the preparation is through an on-campus program, the application shall identify the entity which offered the program, and the geographic location of the program.

(n) All off-campus programs approved by the Commission to operate after July 1, 1984 shall meet the requirements set forth in this section.

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225(b)


Education Code 44226

Education Code 44227