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Chapter 1. Credentials Issued Under The Teacher Preparation and Licensing Law of 1970. Article 2. Credential Types, Authorizations, and Requirements. Specific Requirements for Level I and Clear or Level II Education Specialist Instruction Credential for Out-of-State Credentialed Teachers.   

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(a) The following pertains to individuals who have two years of appropriate teaching experience earned in a state or U.S. territory other than California.

(1) The minimum requirements for the five-year Level I Education Specialist Instruction Credential are all of the following, (A) through (G).

(A) Two years of full-time special education teaching experience earned in a state or U.S. territory other than California.

(B) Satisfactory performance evaluations.

(C) A professional level special education teaching credential from another state or U.S. territory. Individuals with generic special education authorizations as defined in subdivision (c) may apply for the five-year Level I credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, or Early Childhood Special Education and shall be required to verify completion of an equivalent Level I or preliminary program as specified in subdivision (c)(2) prior to issuance of the clear credential.

(D) Completion of a teacher preparation program taken at a regionally accredited institution of higher education or a state-approved teacher preparation program offered by a local educational agency.

(E) A baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

(F) Submission of an application form as defined in 80001; the processing fee as specified in 80487; and fingerprint clearance pursuant to Education Code 44340.

(G) Meet the basic skills requirement as described in Education Code 44252. Individuals who meet the requirements in subdivisions (a)(1)(A) through (a)(1)(F) may be issued a five-year Level I credential, but must satisfy the basic skills requirement within one year of the date the credential is issued or the credential shall become invalid.

(2) The following are the minimum requirements for the clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential for an individual who meets the requirements specified in (a)(1)(A) through (a)(1)(G):

(A) Possession of a California English learner authorization issued pursuant to the requirements specified in Education Code ¤44253.3.

(B) Completion of either of the following:

1. A master's degree or higher in a field related to the credential, or the equivalent number of graduate-level semester units, earned at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and verified by official transcript; or

2. Completion of 150 clock hours of activities addressing one or more of the six California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP).

(C) An individual applying for the clear credential on initial application for California certification who has not previously been issued a Level I credential must satisfy the basic skills requirement as described in Education Code 44252. If all requirements specified in subdivisions (a)(1) and (a)(2) are met, other than the basic skills requirement, the individual will be issued a five-year Level I credential as described in (a)(1)(G).

(D) Submission of an application form as defined in 80001 and the processing fee as specified in 80487.

(b) The following pertains to individuals who have less than two years of appropriate teaching experience earned in a state or U.S. territory other than California.

(1) The minimum requirements for the five-year Level I Education Specialist Instruction Credential are all of the following, (A) through (E).

(A) A professional level special education teaching credential from another state or U.S. territory. Individuals with generic special education authorizations as defined in subdivision (c) may apply for the five-year Level I credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, or Early Childhood Special Education and shall be required to verify completion of an equivalent Level I or preliminary program as specified in subdivision (c)(2) prior to issuance of the Level II or clear credential.

(B) Completion of a teacher preparation program taken at a regionally accredited institution of higher education or a state-approved teacher preparation program offered by a local educational agency.

(C) A baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

(D) Submission of an application form as defined in 80001; the processing fee as specified in 80487; and fingerprint clearance pursuant to Education Code 44340.

(E) Meet the basic skills requirement as described in Education Code 44252. Individuals who meet the requirements in subdivisions (b)(1)(A) through (b)(1)(D) may be issued a five-year Level I credential, but must satisfy the basic skills requirement within one year of the date the credential is issued or the credential shall become invalid.

(2) The following are the minimum requirements for the Level II or Clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential for an individual who meets the requirements specified in (b)(1)(A) through (b)(1)(E):

(A) A five-year Level I Education Specialist Instruction Credential issued pursuant to subdivision (b)(1).

(B) Possession of a California English learner authorization issued pursuant to the requirements specified in Education Code 44253.3.

(C) One of the following:

1. For the Level II credential, completion of the requirements specified in 80048.4(a)(4) and (a)(5); or

2. For the clear credential, completion of the requirements specified in 80048.8.1.

(D) Recommendation from a Commission-approved Level II or clear Education Specialist Instruction Credential program as specified in Education Code 44227(b).

(E) Submission of an application form as defined in 80001 and the processing fee as specified in 80487.

(c) The following definitions apply to terms used in this section.

(1) Full-Time Teaching Experience: This is defined as teaching a minimum of 4 hours a day, unless the minimum statutory attendance requirement for the students served is less. Experience must be on a daily basis and for at least 75% of the school year. Experience may be accrued in increments of a minimum of one semester. No part-time or combination of teaching with other school employment will be accepted. All experience must be gained in public or regionally-accredited private schools in states or U.S. territories other than California while serving on a valid teaching credential. Experience may be gained in more than one state or U.S. territory other than California. This experience must be verified on the official letterhead of the out-of-state employer or employers by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of personnel, or director of human resources in which the teacher was employed. Experience from outside of the United States will not be considered.

(2) Generic Special Education Authorizations: This is defined as a teaching credential issued by another state or U.S. territory in a specialty area that is not comparable to an available California special education specialty area. An individual with a generic special education authorization may verify completion of an equivalent program for Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, or Early Childhood Special Education by one of the following:

(A) Provide a letter from the out-of-state program sponsor verifying completion of student teaching in the specialty area sought; or

(B) Provide a letter verifying two or more years of full-time teaching experience in the specialty area sought earned at a public or regionally-accredited private school located in another state or U.S. territory; or

(C) Complete the equivalent of a Commission-approved Level I program as specified in 80048.3(a)(2) or a Commission-approved preliminary program as specified in 80048.8(a)(2) in the specialty area sought.

(3) Satisfactory Performance Evaluations:

(A) The teaching effectiveness areas on the performance evaluations may include, but are not limited to, all of the areas, 1. through 4., below. If these areas are not included in the evaluations, the individual may submit a supplemental letter, on district letterhead, signed by the individual's principal or personnel officer in the district in which the evaluations took place.

1. The use of teaching strategies that motivates all students to engage in the learning process.

2. The ability to establish and maintain high standards for student behavior.

3. A demonstration of deep knowledge of the subject being taught and the use of appropriate instructional strategies that promote student understanding.

4. An ability to plan and implement a sequence of appropriate instructional activities.

(B) Evaluations of the teacher's performance for at least two of the years of teaching experience from a state or U.S. territory other than California must be submitted. If evaluations or a supplemental letter cannot be obtained, the individual will not qualify under section (a).

(C) Evaluation ratings must be satisfactory or better.

(4) California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP): The 150 clock hours of CSTP activities may be satisfied by staff development, college course work or other activities related to the CSTP. When applying for the clear credential, a written list of the activities including a justification stating how each of the activities relates to the CSTP must be attached. The following are the six CSTP areas:

(A) Engaging and supporting all students in learning.

(B) Creating and maintaining effective environments for student learning.

(C) Understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning.

(D) Planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students.

(E) Assessing students for learning.

(F) Developing as a professional educator.

(5) Professional Level Special Education Teaching Credential. This is defined as a special education teaching credential issued by another state or U.S. territory that is, at a minimum, comparable to a California five-year Level I or preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential.

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225(q)

Reference:

Education Code 44252

Education Code 44253.3

Education Code 44265

Education Code 44274.2

Education Code 44339

Education Code 44340

Education Code 44341

(Amended by Register 2013, No. 3.)