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The Board of Trustees recognizes that the District's ability to provide a high-quality educational program is dependent upon the employment of certificated staff who are adequately prepared and have demonstrated proficiency in basic skills and in the subject matter to be taught. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that persons employed to fill positions requiring certification qualifications possess the appropriate credential, permit, or other certification document from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and fulfill any additional state, federal, or District requirements for the position.

The Superintendent or designee may provide assistance and support in accordance with law and applicable contractual authority to teachers holding preliminary credentials to enable them to meet the qualifications required for the clear credential.

Priorities for Hiring Based on Unavailability of Credentialed Teacher

The Superintendent or designee shall make reasonable efforts to recruit a fully prepared teacher for each assignment. Whenever a teacher with a clear or preliminary credential is not available, the Superintendent or designee shall make reasonable efforts to recruit an individual for the assignment in accordance with Education Code 44225.7.

Prior to requesting that the CTC issue an emergency permit or a limited assignment permit which allows a fully credentialed teacher to teach outside of his/her area of certification while working toward an added or supplementary authorization, the Board shall annually approve a Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators. The Declaration of Need shall be approved by the Board as an action item at a regularly scheduled public Board meeting, with the entire Declaration of Need being included in the Board agenda. (Education Code 44225, 44225.7; 5 CCR 80023.2, 80026, 80027, 80027.1)

The Declaration of Need shall certify that there is an insufficient number of certificated persons who meet the District's specified employment criteria for the position(s) and that the District has made reasonable efforts to recruit individuals who meet the qualifications. The Declaration of Need shall also indicate the number and type of emergency permits that the District estimates it will need during the valid period of the Declaration of Need. Whenever the actual number of permits needed exceeds the estimate by 10 percent, the Board shall revise and resubmit the Declaration of Need. (5 CCR 80026)

Whenever it is necessary to employ noncredentialed teachers to fill a position requiring certification qualifications, the Superintendent or designee shall provide support and guidance in accordance with law to ensure the quality of the instructional program.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification

The Board encourages District teachers to voluntarily complete the requirements for the advanced certification awarded by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The Superintendent or designee may inform all teachers about the program and how to acquire the necessary application and information materials. In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement and the District budget, the Superintendent or designee may provide release time, fee support, a stipend upon completion, or other support to teachers participating in the program.

Legal Reference:


8360-8370 Qualifications of child care personnel

32340-32341 Unlawful issuance of a credential

35186 Complaints regarding teacher vacancy or misassignment

44066 Limitations on certification requirements

44200-44399 Teacher credentialing, especially:

44250-44277 Credential types; minimum requirements

44300-44302 Emergency permits and visiting faculty permits

44325-44328 District interns

44330-44355 Certificates and credentials

44420-44440 Revocation and suspension of credentials

44450-44468 University internship program

44830-44929 Employment of certificated persons; requirement of proficiency in basic skills

56060-56063 Substitute teachers in special education


80001-80674.6 Commission on Teacher Credentialing


6312 Title I local educational agency plans; notifications regarding teacher qualifications


200.61 Parent notification regarding teacher qualifications


Association of Mexican-American Educators et al. v. State of California and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, (1993) 836 F.Supp. 1534

Management Resources:


CL-667 Basic Skills Requirement, January 2011

CL-856 Provisional Internship Permit

CL 858 Short-Term Staff Permit

13-01 Hiring Hierarchy in Education Code 44225.7, Coded Correspondence, January 30, 2013

Subject Matter Authorization Guideline Book, 2012

Supplementary Authorization Guideline Book, 2012

California Standards for the Teaching Profession, 2009

The Administrator's Assignment Manual, rev. September 2007



Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Commission's Information Guide (for employers' use only):

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards:

U.S. Department of Education:


adopted: October 21, 2010 Vista, California

revised: December 13, 2018