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Comparable and Equivalent Teacher Preparation; Reciprocity   

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(a) The phrase "teacher preparation standards that are at least comparable and equivalent to teacher preparation standards in California" as used in Education Code Section 44274 shall mean teacher preparation in a state that has 1) comparable accreditation standards and procedures, 2) comparable multiple subject, single subject or special education program standards or requirements, and 3) comparable subject matter programs, as determined by Commission action.

(b) All applicants for a credential pursuant to Education Code Section 44274 shall meet the requirements for California teacher fitness pursuant to Education Code Sections 44339, 44340 and 44341, and demonstrate basic skills proficiency pursuant to Education Code Sections 44252 and 44252.5.

(c) This section shall govern documents with an issuance date of January 19, 2000, or later subject to Commission action approving comparability of state accreditation standards and procedures, comparable multiple subject, single subject, or special education program standards or requirements, and subject matter in one or more credential areas. Applicants who completed a teacher preparation program within three years prior to or three years immediately following the date of Commission action, and who hold or are eligible for a credential in the state where the program was completed, shall be eligible, under this section, for the appropriate credential as follows:

(1) five-year preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, or

(2) five-year preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential, or

(3) certificate of eligibility or preliminary level I Education Specialist Instruction Credential, or

(4) professional clear Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential.

(d) The minimum requirements for the professional clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or Single Subject Teaching Credential for those eligible under subsection (c)(1) or (c)(2) are all of the requirements in Education Code Section 44259(c) unless already completed per Education Code Section 44227(e) or approved under the comparability study established in Education Code Section 44274.

(e) The minimum requirements for the professional clear level II Education Specialist Instruction Credential for those eligible under subsection (c)(3) are all of the requirements in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 Section 80048.4 unless approved under the comparability study established in Education Code Section 44274.

(f) An individual who has previously been issued a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Single Subject Teaching Credential, Specialist Instruction Credential in Special Education, or Education Specialist Instruction Credential under another provision of the Education Code that pertains to teachers trained outside of California may be eligible for a credential under this section. The credential shall be issued for five years from the issuance date of the original preliminary or level I credential or for three years from the date of application, whichever is longer.

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225(q)

Reference:

Education Code 44225(d)

Education Code 44227(e)

Education Code 44252

Education Code 44252.5

Education Code 44259(c)

Education Code 44274

Education Code 44339

Education Code 44340

Education Code 44341

(Amended by Register 2000, No. 25)