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Division 8. Commission On Teacher Credentialing. Chapter 4. Procedure For Application For, Adding Authorization To, And Renewal Of Credentials. Article 1. General Provisions. Specific Requirements for Preliminary and Clear Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credentials for Applicants Prepared in California.   

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(a) The minimum requirements for the five-year preliminary multiple and single subject teaching credentials for California-prepared applicants shall include successful completion of all of the following:

(1) A baccalaureate degree or higher degree, except in professional education, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

(2) Meet the basic skills requirement as described in Education Code Section 44252, unless exempt by statutes or regulations.

(3) A Commission-approved multiple subject or single subject program of professional preparation, as appropriate to the credential sought as described in Education Code Section 44259(b)(3).

(4) Completion of a study of alternative methods of developing English language skills, including the study of reading, as provided in Education Code Section 44259(b)(4). In addition multiple subject applicants shall pass the reading instruction competence assessment as provided in Education Code Section 44283.

(5) Subject-matter knowledge:

(A) For a multiple subject credential, an applicant enrolled in a teacher preparation program prior to July 1, 2004 shall meet this requirement either by passage of an examination as provided in Education Code Sections 44280, 44281, and 44282 or by completion of a subject-matter program as provided in Education Code Section 44310. An applicant enrolled in a teacher preparation program on or after July 1, 2004 shall meet this requirement by passage of an examination as provided in Education Code Sections 44280, 44281 and 44282.

(B) For a single subject credential, an applicant shall meet this requirement either by passage of an examination as provided in Education Code Sections 44280, 44281, and 44282 or by completion of a subject-matter program as provided in Education Code Section 44310.

(6) Demonstration of knowledge of the Constitution of the United States as provided in Education Code Section 44335.

(7) Demonstration of basic competency in the use of computers in the classroom as provided in Education Code Section 44259(b)(7).

(8) Verification of completion from a Commission-approved program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation in the preliminary credential sought, as provided in Education Code Sections 44373(c) and 44259(b)(3).

(b) The minimum requirements for the clear multiple or single subject teaching credentials must be completed within five years from the initial date of the issuance of the preliminary credential. The requirements include, successful completion of all of the following:

(1) Possession of a valid preliminary teaching credential.

(2) Effective August 30, 2004, completion of a Commission-approved program of beginning teacher induction as specified in Education Code Section 44259(c)(2). If a beginning teacher is eligible for induction but an employing agency verifies that induction is not available or the employing agency verifies that the beginning teacher is required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.) to complete subject matter course work to be qualified for a teaching assignment, the beginning teacher may complete a Commission-accredited fifth year program.

(3) A health education requirement, as provided in Education Code Section 44259(c)(4)(A).

(4) Special education training, as provided in Education Code Section 44259(c)(4)(B).

(5) Study of advanced computer-based technology, including the uses of technology in educational settings, as provided in Education Code Section 44259(c)(4)(C).

(6) Effective July 1, 2005 advanced study in the area of Teaching English Learners.

(7) An application for a clear multiple subject or single subject credential shall only be submitted by either (A) or (B) below:

(A) A Commission-approved induction program; or

(B) A regionally accredited institution of higher education with a Commission-accredited fifth year.

(c) All applicants for multiple subject and single subject clear credentials issued pursuant to Education Code Section 44259(c) with an issuance date on or after August 30, 2004 shall complete the requirements in subsection (b)(2) above.

(d) The Commission may extend the term of the credential for a two-year period if the following conditions apply:

(1) An individual's five-year preliminary time period has expired or will expire within one calendar year and the individual obtains employment in an employing agency as defined in subsection (f) which would allow the individual to complete the requirements in subsection (b).

(2) The individual submits the following to the Commission:

(A) A completed Application for Credential Authorizing Public School Service (41-4) (rev. 9/08) available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference, together with its related Instruction and Information Sheet (rev. 9/08) and Form 41-ECC (Explanation of Criminal Conviction or Pending Criminal Charge) (rev. 7/08) and the appropriate fee as specified in section 80487(a)(1).

(B) Verification of employment from an employing agency in a position that allows the individual to complete the clear credential program.

(C) Verification of enrollment in a Commission-approved clear credential program.

(3) The extension may be issued only once, except in cases where the individual provides proof that verifies sufficient progress toward completion of the requirements.

(e) The Commission may extend one time the term of the credential for a three-year period if the following conditions apply:

(1) An individual's five-year preliminary time period has expired or will expire within one calendar year and the individual has not been employed in a position which would allow completion of the requirements in subsection (b).

(2) The individual submits the following to the Commission:

(A) A completed Application for Credential Authorizing Public School Service (41-4) (rev. 9/08) available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference, together with its related Instruction and Information Sheet (rev. 9/08) and Form 41-ECC (Explanation of Criminal Conviction or Pending Criminal Charge) (rev. 7/08) and the appropriate fee as specified in section 80487(a)(1).

(B) A signed statement by the individual which includes:

(i) Why the clear credential program was not completed in the five years while the preliminary credential was valid and a description of the plan to complete the requirements within the three year extension time period, and

(ii) Certification that he or she was not employed in a position for which the clear credential program was available or was employed for less than one school year and was not able to complete the clear credential program.

(f) Definitions:

(1) The term "employing agency" as used in this section shall mean:

(A) Public school districts in California.

(B) County offices of education or county superintendents of schools in California.

(C) Schools that operate under the direction of a California state agency.

(D) Nonpublic, nonsectarian schools and agencies as defined in Education Code Sections 56365 and 56366.

(E) Charter Schools as established in Education Code Section 47600.

(F) Private schools.

(G) Juvenile court school.

(H) Juvenile or adult corrections.

(2) A beginning teacher is one who is eligible to participate in a Commission-approved induction program.

(3) The "clear credential program" as used in this section shall mean either completion of a Commission-approved induction program or Commission-accredited fifth year of study.

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225

Reference:

Education Code 44227

Education Code 44251

Education Code 44252

Education Code 44259

Education Code 44259.5

Education Code 44280

Education Code 44281

Education Code 44282

Education Code 44283

Education Code 44310

Education Code 44335

Education Code 44373

(Amended by Register 2009, No. 8.)