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(a) The commission shall conduct periodic reviews to determine whether any state has established teacher preparation standards, including standards for teachers of English learners, that are at least comparable and equivalent to teacher preparation standards in California.

(b) If the commission determines, pursuant to subdivision (a), that the teacher preparation standards established by any state are at least comparable and equivalent to teacher preparation standards in California, the commission shall initiate negotiations with that state to provide reciprocity in teacher credentialing.

(c) (1) The commission shall grant an appropriate credential to any applicant from another state who completes teacher preparation that is at least comparable and equivalent to preparation that meets teacher preparation standards in California, as determined by the commission pursuant to this section, if the applicant meets the requirements of California for the basic skills proficiency test pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 44275.3 and teacher fitness pursuant to Sections 44339, 44340, and 44341.

(2) If the commission determines that the teacher licensing body of another state requires an applicant to demonstrate a level of basic skills proficiency that is at least comparable to passage of the state basic skills proficiency test, applicants from that state are not required to meet the requirements of California for the basic skills proficiency test.

(d) A reciprocity agreement established pursuant to subdivision (b) shall not exempt an out-of-state applicant from submitting an identification card pursuant to Section 44340 and obtaining a certificate of clearance, credential, permit, or certificate of eligibility from the commission.

(e) The commission shall issue credentials to out-of-state prepared teachers based on all of the following:

(1) Equivalent preparation received outside of this state.

(2) Equivalent reading instruction, as determined by the reviews conducted pursuant to Section 44274.1.

(3) Equivalent subject matter programs or credential emphasis programs, as determined by the reviews conducted pursuant to Section 44274.1.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 902, Sec. 4.)

Reference:

Education Code 44274.1

Education Code 44275.3

Education Code 44339

Education Code 44340

Education Code 44341